The Tennessee Highway Patrol will hold checkpoints over the next several weeks to check for sobriety and safety belt use in an effort to ensure overall public safety.
The roadblocks come in compliance with a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that requires all law enforcement to notify the public of when and where a roadblock will be held. The courts require proof roadblocks are conducted in the best interest of overall public safety, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s checkpoint times and locations are strategically selected through crash and crime data collection to maximize their overall effectiveness and efficiency.
Sobriety checkpoints are planned for Aug. 10 on State Route 50 at 11 p.m.; Aug. 17 on Eldad Road at 11 p.m.; Sept. 7 on State Route 50 at 10 p.m.; Sept. 14 on State Route 50 at 10 p.m.; and Sept. 28 on Eldad Road at 10 p.m.
Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists. THP recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and an effective tool in the battle against impaired driving.
Safety belt checkpoints will be conducted on Aug. 10 on Eldad Road at 8 p.m.; Aug. 17 on State Route 50 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 7 on Eldad Road at 7 p.m.; Sept. 14 on State Route 50 at 7 p.m.; and Sept. 28 on Eldad Road at 7 p.m.
Recognizing the danger presented to unbelted vehicle occupants, Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while unbelted and take corrective actions for other violations observed. THP recognizes that safety belt checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools of enforcing the safety belt laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of vehicle occupants.