THP announces Memorial Day weekend enforcement plans

THP announces Memorial Day weekend enforcement plans

NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced Wednesday its plans for increased traffic enforcement over the Memorial Day weekend.

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and THP Colonel Tracy Trott announced plans to help reduce the number of serious injuries and fatal crashes during the holiday and throughout the summer as part of the "Drive to Zero" campaign.

Troopers plan to increase patrols and utilize a variety of traffic safety enforcement tools, specifically "No Refusal" enforcement. The enforcement period will run from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Ten people were killed in traffic crashes during 2013's 78-hour holiday enforcement period, down from 14 deaths in 2012. Seven of those ten were in vehicles, two were on motorcycles and one was on a bicycle. Seven of the vehicular fatalities were alcohol-related and three were not wearing a seat belt.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all construction projects during the holiday weekend and use its electronic message boards to post traffic safety messages.

"No Refusal" enforcement will take place in one county in each of the eight THP districts. "No Refusal" allows law enforcement to seek search warrants in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

The participating “No Refusal” counties include Sevier (Knoxville District); McMinn (Chattanooga District); Rutherford (Nashville District); Shelby (Memphis District); Washington (Fall Branch District); Cumberland (Cookeville District); Giles (Lawrenceburg District); and Weakley County (Jackson District). 

Last week, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office launched the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign to urge motorists to buckle up. To date, 56 percent of the state's crash fatalities are from unrestrained motorists.

Read more: 2014 Memorial Day checkpoints [PDF]

During the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, the THP will also conduct seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints statewide and use saturation patrols in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes in the state.
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