Black Friday Sobriety Checkpoints

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Black Friday will bring more than just good deals for shoppers, it may also bring arrests during a sobriety checkpoint...

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The THP will also conduct its routine Thanksgiving holiday enforcement campaign across the state. During last year's 120-hour holiday period, there were 12 people killed in nine fatal crashes in Tennessee. Two of the traffic fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes, while six of the vehicular deaths were unrestrained.

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"Our state's seat belt usage rate is at an all-time high of 87.7 percent," GHSO Director Kendell Poole said. "However, we still have far too many people who do not buckle up. Half of our state's traffic fatalities are unrestrained vehicle occupants. That is unacceptable."

Director Poole noted that educating the public about the importance of seat belts and the work of state troopers and local law enforcement officers during the upcoming holidays will make a difference on Tennessee roadways.

State law enforcement officials have also seen an eight percent decline in alcohol-related crashes this year, compared to this same time last year. Colonel Trott believes the agency's DUI enforcement has helped reduce the number of impaired driving crashes across the state.

In 2014, Tennessee state troopers have arrested 7,322 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving, compared to 5,537 DUI arrests this same time last year. That's a 32 percent increase.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint Friday morning in Woodbury at West Adams Street near the Woodbury Grammar School. Sobriety Checkpoint is planned for Dekalb County on State Route 56 1 mile from Titsworth Road Friday night.

There will be a late night sobriety checkpoint conducted Saturday night in Coffee County Hwy 41@ Asbury Road. - WBRY

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