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THP plans roadside checkpoints

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:50 am

CheckpointThe Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced that it will be conducting a number of driver license roadside safety, sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints during upcoming weeks.

During the week of July 17, THP will hold driver license roadside safety checkpoints on U.S. 431 at the 2.6-mile marker in Lincoln County.

A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of July 19 on Eldad Road East of Grisham Road.

Another driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be conducted during the week of July 24 on State Route 50 at 15.8-mile marker in Lincoln County.

Then a safety belt roadside checkpoint will be held during the week of July 27 on Wilson Parkway, the U.S. 64 bypass, in Fayetteville.

Driver license roadside checkpoints are planned for the afternoon of Aug. 11 on Eldad Road 0.3 miles east of Grisham Road, and for the morning of Aug. 28 on Highway 122 at the 1.1-mile marker.

Additionally, THP has scheduled sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Aug. 23 on U.S. 431 North at 2.6-mile marker in Lincoln County.

Recognizing the danger to unbelted vehicle occupants, Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while unbelted and take corrective actions for other violations observed.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. In addition, state troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

The danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers is also a concern of troopers, who’ll also be looking for vehicles operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

THP has found each of the checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing the laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.