THP ramps up Memorial Day patrols

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Vacation travelers will see an increased Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) presence this Memorial Day weekend as the agency hopes to reduce the number of accidents across the state during the holiday.

THP said it would step up patrols and deploy a variety of road safety enforcement measures to keep roads safe for vacation trips. The Memorial Day holiday begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27 and ends at 5:59 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. Multiple checkpoints will be set up throughout the weekend to check for seatbelt violations and unfitness to drive.

“We are committed to saving lives and preventing injuries on the streets of Tennessee. Memorial Day weekend is when we start to see heavier traffic,” said Col. Matt Perry. “This is the time of year for family vacations and outdoor activities. Our troopers will focus on distracted driving, speeding, disability and seat belt laws during the holiday and summer months.”

Perry added he has instructed district captains to use all available resources to ensure road safety, but has also asked drivers for assistance.

“I am asking all motorists to help us make this summer a safe one,” he said. “You can do this by ignoring your phone, driving the speed limit, wearing your seat belt and designating a sober driver. If you plan to drink, don’t drive.”

Last year, ten people died in accidents during Memorial Day Weekend. Five of the occupants were not wearing seat belts, and one occurred in an alcohol-related accident. According to THP, two motorcyclists and a pedestrian were killed over the past Memorial Day weekend.

“As we pause this Memorial Day weekend and remember the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, please remember to protect yourself and those who will be in your vehicle,” said Department Jeff Long for Tennessee Security and Homeland Security. “Through education and enforcement, along with voluntary compliance by motorists, we can make this a safe and enjoyable weekend for all.”

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State police arrested 78 people on suspicion of drunk driving and arrested 743 drivers for violating the seat belt law; They also issued 1,867 speeding tickets over Memorial Day weekend in 2021. THP ramps up Memorial Day patrols

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