NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Freeway Patrol (THP) plans to extend patrols and make the most of a wide range of site visitors security enforcement instruments to cut back the variety of crashes throughout the state throughout this 12 months’s Memorial Day vacation interval. The THP will conduct saturation patrols, seat belt, and sobriety checkpoints, in addition to elevated visibility on high-crash corridors all through the summer season to cut back critical damage and deadly crashes. The 2022 Memorial Day vacation interval will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Might 27, and concludes at 5:59 a.m. on Tuesday, Might 31.
“We’re dedicated to saving lives and stopping accidents on Tennessee roads. Memorial Day weekend is once we begin seeing heavier site visitors,” Colonel Matt Perry stated. “That is the time of 12 months for household holidays and out of doors actions. Our troopers might be targeted on distracted driving, dashing, impaired driving, and seat belt legal guidelines throughout the vacation and all through the summer season months. I’ve instructed my district captains to make use of all assets accessible to make sure site visitors security. I’m asking that each one motorists assist us make this a protected summer season. You are able to do this by ignoring your cellphone, driving the velocity restrict, carrying your seat belt, and designating a sober driver. Should you plan to drink, don’t drive.”
Final 12 months, ten folks have been killed in vehicular crashes throughout the Memorial Day weekend. 5 of the occupant fatalities weren’t carrying security restraints and one of many site visitors fatalities occurred in an alcohol-related crash. Two motorbike riders have been killed throughout final 12 months’s Memorial Day vacation. One pedestrian was additionally killed throughout that point.
“This Memorial Day weekend, as we pause and bear in mind the heroes who gave the last word sacrifice, please bear in mind to maintain your self and those that might be in your car protected,” stated Tennessee Division of Security and Homeland Safety Commissioner Jeff Lengthy. “By training and enforcement together with voluntary compliance from the motoring public, we are able to make this a protected and satisfying weekend for everybody.”
State troopers arrested 78 people on suspicion of DUI and ticketed 743 motorists for violation of the seat belt regulation and issued 1,867 dashing citations throughout final 12 months’s Memorial Day vacation. A listing of the areas for the scheduled Memorial Day vacation checkpoints might be discovered on our website.
The Tennessee Division of Security and Homeland Safety’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, safe, and defend the folks of Tennessee.