State troopers set up checkpoints throughout Tennessee on Memori

State troopers set up checkpoints throughout Tennessee on Memorial Day

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By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


LOUDON COUNTY (WATE) - Memorial Day brought extra law enforcement officers on the roads Monday night, hoping to crack down on impaired drivers.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol ran several checkpoints in East Tennessee, including one in Loudon County, where a deadly crash happened Saturday morning.
 
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THP and Loudon County deputies set up a checkpoint on Highway 72 near the Monroe County line, stopping every car that came through for about an hour.

"We look to see if we see any signs of alcohol or we smell anything or see any signs of impairment whether it be alcohol or drugs," said Lucious Howard with THP.

Jeff and Patti Harris were stopped while driving their motorcycle home from a holiday cookout. They say they appreciated what authorities were doing, but they wish the law would change so checkpoint signs wouldn't have to be put up.

"I actually don't like the signs warning people. It could just be a surprise, I'll think they'll catch more people that way," Jeff said.

"If somebody was drinking they could have turned around and went the other way," Patti said.

It's not just drunk drivers troopers were looking for, they also made sure people were wearing their seat belts.

"We're still having over 60 percent of fatals not wearing their seat belt," Howard said.

There was also a seat belt and "no refusal" checkpoint in Sevier County Monday night, and drivers license checkpoints in Claiborne and Cumberland counties. All checkpoints ended at midnight.


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