THP plans DUI enforcement for Christmas holiday

By | December 24, 2012 12:00 am

Staff Writer
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in full force beginning at midnight on Dec. 21 through midnight on Dec. 25 to ensure that travelers safely reach their destinations by removing impaired drivers from the road and enforcing seat belt laws.
During last year’s Christmas holiday, nine people were killed on Tennessee roadways in six traffic crashes. According to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, 66 percent of those crashes involved alcohol, and half of those killed were not wearing seat belts. One pedestrian was also killed.
There were no fatalities in White County last year.
THP Colonel Tracey Trott says tat the holidays can be a more dangerous time on the roadways because more people are traveling to parties and social gatherings. He stated, “We want this joyous time to be safe for everyone, and all of our traffic safety enforcement efforts are created with that goal in mind.”
Because the holidays are the most deadly time to be on the road because of the increase in impaired driving, THP offers several tips to be safe on the roads:
•Designate a sober driver before going out and hand that person your keys.
•If you are impaired, call someone to drive you-a taxi, a friend or family member.
•Report drunk drivers immediately to Tennessee Highway Patrol by dialing *THP.
•Your best defense against impaired drivers is to wear your seat belt and for motorcyclists to wear protective gear.
•Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk. If someone is about to drive drunk, take their keys and help them find another method of transportation.
The most deadly holiday season was in 1969, when 22 people were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes during a 30-hour period, yielding one death per 1.4 hours.
The least deadly holiday period was in 1963, when one person was killed in a 30-hour period, yielding one death per 30 hours.

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