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AAA, Tennessee Highway Patrol reminding drivers about safety on July 4th holiday

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The Fourth of July is nearly here, and that means a lot of Tennesseans will be traveling to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. The Fourth of July is nearly here, and that means a lot of Tennesseans will be traveling to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.
"Make a plan for a designated driver if you plan on drinking while celebrating this weekend. If that falls through, call us, and whether you're a member or not, we'll give you a free ride home,” said Don Lindsey with AAA. "Make a plan for a designated driver if you plan on drinking while celebrating this weekend. If that falls through, call us, and whether you're a member or not, we'll give you a free ride home,” said Don Lindsey with AAA.
Knoxville, TN -  By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Fourth of July is nearly here, and that means a lot of Tennesseans will be traveling to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.

With that many drivers out on the road, the risk of accidents is a big concern for law enforcement, so the Tennessee Highway Patrol is going to be working hard over the next several days to keep drivers as safe as possible over the holiday.

More online: 2014 Fourth of July THP checkpoints [PDF]

Michael Pastis of Knoxville is one of the many drivers heading out of town this weekend.

"Right now I'm just gassing up to go tomorrow,” said Pastis. "Absolutely for the fourth. Just like any of the big holidays, I usually try to get out of town."

Pastis is one of the 827,000 Tennesseans expected to be on the road for the holiday this year, which according to AAA, is a major increase over last year.

"It's really one of the biggest in Tennessee for the Fourth of July in a very long time. We are now up 4 percent over last year in the number of people taking trips 50 or more miles from home,” said Don Lindsey, public affairs director for AAA Tennessee.

Because of numbers like that, THP will be upping enforcement once again this year.

Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, drivers can expect to see an increase in troopers out on patrol, as well as an increase in license, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints. It’s all in an effort to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.

Nineteen people were killed last year on Tennessee roadways over the July Fourth holiday.

One of THP’s biggest priorities is catching impaired drivers.

To prevent drunk drivers from ever getting behind the wheel at all, AAA is reminding people about their Tow To Go program.

"Make a plan for a designated driver if you plan on drinking while celebrating this weekend. If that falls through, call us, and whether you're a member or not, we'll give you a free ride home,” said Lindsey.

State troopers arrested some 132 people on suspicion of drunk driving during the last Fourth of July holiday period.

They're hopeful that number will be significantly lower this time around.

Through Tow To Go, AAA will safely get you and your car home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.

To schedule a pickup, call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO.


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