THP setting up roadblocks in high-crash areas

Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is preparing for the Labor Day weekend with an enforcement campaign of driver license and sobriety checkpoints.

Starting Friday at 6 p.m. and running through Monday at 11:59 p.m., state troopers will set up roadblocks as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.”

In the past, the THP has established sobriety checkpoints in high-volume and high-crash corridors across the state to look for aggressive and impaired drivers as well as seat belt violators. According to the state Department of Safety, during last year’s Labor Day weekend state troopers issued 55 DUI, 14 reckless driving, two public drunkenness and 21 open container citations.

Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “In an effort to crackdown on impaired driving incidents, our state troopers will join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the state and nation this holiday period.”

Last Labor Day holiday, nine people were killed in nine fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways, according to state statistics.

The “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign began Aug. 20 and will end Sept. 6.

5 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 9/3/10 at 6:07

Where are they? I don't plan to drink and drive but I don't want to get stuck in an illegal roadblock for a long period of time.

By: TakePrideInNash on 9/3/10 at 8:09

Nothing illegal about them. I just wish they did not say where they are going to be. The Tennessean has the list of where they are going to be. If I got in one of the lines, I would thank the officer for a job well done. Do what you are suppose to and you have nothing to worry about.

By: Kosh III on 9/3/10 at 1:57

I consider them illegal, despite what the Courts say as the clear meaning of the 4th amendment is violated. Just being on a certain street at a certain time does not constitute probable cause to stop and search me. Just my view.

By: TakePrideInNash on 9/3/10 at 3:10

In my view I agree with it except it should be a surprise if they really want to get the drunks off the road.

By: HokeyPokey on 9/4/10 at 2:08

Goodie! This may mean a few days with fewer semi-literate babbage posted in the comments sections, while the authors dry out.