THP patrolling heavily during Memorial Day holiday
Posted By Sparta Live | May 27, 2010 12:00 am
Tennessee Highway Patrol is joining forces with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and law enforcement agencies across the state for a “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign that began on May 24 and continues through June 6.
The campaign will include the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which is the beginning of the summer travel season.
According to preliminary figures from Tennessee Department of Safety, 989 people were killed on Tennessee roadways in 2009. More than half of the 820 killed in passenger vehicle crashes were not wearing seatbelts.
During the 2009 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 16 people were killed on Tennessee roadways, which was up from 13 fatalities in 2008. In the 2009 crashes, alcohol was involved in three of the fatal crashes, and 50 percent of the vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts. During the 78-hour 2009 holiday period, one pedestrian, one bicyclist and two motorcyclists were killed.
More than 70 checkpoints are scheduled throughout the holiday weekend. The 2010 Memorial Day holiday beings at 6 p.m., May 28, and will extend to 11:59 p.m., May 31.
Tennessee Highway Patrol joined 51 law enforcement agencies, May 17-23, in rural Tennessee counties for a high visibility rural road enforcement blitz aimed at low seatbelt usage. White County was among these counties. In 2008, 62 percent of Tennessee fatalities occurred in rural areas, and 72 percent of pickup truck occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing safety restraints.
The highest death toll on Tennessee highways during a 78-hour Memorial Day holiday period was 26, in 1973. The lowest number was in 2005, when five people were killed during the same time period.
A driver license checkpoint will be conducted in White County, on May 31, in the evening hours, on Highway 70 East, at Flat Rock Road.