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THP plans increased enforcement for New Year’s Eve holiday

From Staff Reports

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a strict traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2021 New Year’s Eve holiday period beginning Friday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m. and concluding Sunday, Jan. 2, at 11:59 p.m. State troopers will perform traffic saturation patrols, seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints during the holiday. All of Tennessee’s 95 counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday.

“Our goal is to keep everyone safe on Tennessee roadways,” said Col. Matt Perry. “We will not tolerate drivers that endanger the public with their bad choices. Now is the time to start planning for your safe and sober ride.”

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Those witnessing unsafe driving, please report it by dialing *THP (*847) from a cell phone. This will get one in touch with one of the THP’s dispatch centers across the state.

During last year’s New Year’s holiday period, nine people were killed in eight traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways. These crash fatalities included one motorcyclist, five passenger car occupants and three pedestrians.

Over the 2020 New Year’s holiday period, State troopers arrested 104 individuals for alcohol-impaired driving.

For a list of Tennessee Highway Patrol checkpoints visit our website at https://www.tn.gov/safety/tnhp/checkpoints.html.