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THP Gears Up for Easter Weekend Enforcement Activities

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 05:56am
NASHVILLE In anticipation of a busy travel weekend, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is ramping up its enforcement effort with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints for the 2011 Easter Holiday period, beginning 12 a.m. Thursday, April 21 and concluding at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.
 
“This weekend marks the unofficial start to the most active travel season in the United States,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons. “As the summer months approach, our Highway Patrol will be diligent in promoting safe driving campaigns and keeping Tennessee roads and its travelers safe.”
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 32,788 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010, a decline of about three percent from 2009 (33,808 fatalities). Tennessee fatalities increased to 1,033 in 2010, or 4.8 percent from 2009 (986 fatalities). As of April 20, 2011, there have been 216 motor vehicle traffic fatalities, compared to 296 at this time last year.    
 
“Our troopers are committed to holiday enforcements and safe driving campaigns throughout the year,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. “While we never want to see any fatalities on Tennessee roadways, we are encouraged by the decline and hope to report a record low number of traffic deaths by the end of the year.”
 
Just four months into the year, preliminary statistics indicate that 17 motorcyclists have died on Tennessee roadways, a decrease of 14 deaths compared to 31 motorcycle fatalities at this same time a year ago. Also, rural traffic fatalities have decreased by 23.7 percent and unrestrained vehicle occupant fatalities have declined by 25.8 percent.
 
Ten people were killed in eight crashes on Tennessee roads during the 2010 Easter Holiday weekend. Last year, alcohol was involved in two of the fatal crashes, and 75 percent of vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts. 
 
“We hope people make smart decisions this Easter weekend,” Colonel Trott added. “Don’t drink and drive, wear your seat belts, and pay attention to the road. Our goal is for everyone to reach their destination safely.”  
 
Statistics for the 2010 Easter Holiday period are included with this release along with a list of sobriety and driver license checkpoints scheduled throughout the weekend.  
 
 The Tennessee Department of Safety’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.   
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TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY
DRIVER LICENSE & SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS
DIST. 1 KNOXVILLE

Friday, April 22:
Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day

DL CHECKPOINT        ANDERSON             CARROLL HOLLOW @ CARROLL HOLLOW CHURCH         MORNING
DL CHECKPOINT        ANDERSON             E. WOLF VALLEY @ WOLF VALLEY CHURCH            AFTERNOON
DL CHECKPOINT        CAMPBELL             S. 4TH STREET @ HEMLOCK STREET                 EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        KNOX                 SCHAAD RD SOUTH OF PLEASANT RIDGE RD           MORNING
DL CHECKPOINT        MONROE               STATE ROUTE 72W @ LAKESIDE RD                  AFTERNOON
DL CHECKPOINT        MORGAN               HWY 62 @ HWY 298                               EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        SCOTT                STATE ROUTE 456 @ BUFFALO RD                   LATE MORNING
SOBRIETY             SEVIER               STATE ROUTE 338 @ ROBERTS RD                   EVENING
SOBRIETY             SEVIER               US 441                                         LATE EVENING
SOBRIETY             UNION                STATE ROUTE 61E @ TAZEWELL PK                  EVENING

Saturday, April 23:
DL CHECKPOINT        CAMPBELL             LONG HOLLOW RD @ LONG HOLLOW CHURCH            EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        KNOX                 NORRIS FREEWAY @ PEDIGO                        LATE EVENING

Sunday, April 24:
SOBRIETY             LOUDON               HWY 321 @ CUT THROUGH RD                       AFTERNOON

DIST. 2 CHATTANOOGA
Friday, April 22:

Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day
DL CHECKPOINT        MEIGS                HWY 58 @ TEN MILE GROCERY                      AFTERNOON

SOBRIETY             HAMILTON             LINDBERG STREET                                LATE EVENING
SOBRIETY             SEQUATCHIE           US 27 @ CATES STREET                           LATE EVENING
SOBRIETY             BRADLEY              US 11 SOUTH OF APD 40                          LATE EVENING
Saturday, April 23:

SOBRIETY             COFFEE               HWY 41 @ OLD HIGHLAND MOTEL                    LATE EVENING
DIST. 3 NASHVILLE

Friday, April 22:
Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day

DL CHECKPOINT        DAVIDSON             HOBSON PIKE                                    MORNING
DL CHECKPOINT        MONTGOMERY           OLD HWY 48 @ SOUTHSIDE RD                      EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        ROBERTSON            KENNY’S RD @ WASHINGTON RD                     MORNING
DL CHECKPOINT        RUTHERFORD           HWY 41 @ ROCKY GLAD RD                         AFTERNOON
DL CHECKPOINT        SUMNER               HWY 25 @ BARRY LANE                            EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        WILLIAMSON           US 431 @ STATE ROUTE 840                       MORNING
SOBRIETY             HUMPHREYS            HWY 79 IN MCEWIN CITY LIMITS                   EVENING
SOBRIETY             STEWART              HWY 149 @ MONTGOMERY CO. LINE                  EVENING

DIST. 4 MEMPHIS
Friday, April 22:

Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day
DL CHECKPOINT        TIPTON               STATE ROUTE 179 E/O MM 3                       EVENING

Saturday, April 23:
DL CHECKPOINT        HAYWOOD              US 70 W/O COX LANE                             MORNING

SOBRIETY             HAYWOOD              STATE ROUTE 54 @ COUNTRY CLUB RD               LATE EVENING
DIST. 5 FALL BRANCH

Thursday, April 21:
Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day

DL CHECKPOINT        CLAIBORNE            US 25-E @ CANEY VALLEY CHURCH                  EVENING
Friday, April 22:

Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day
DL CHECKPOINT        CARTER               US 321 @ MM 3                                  MORNING
DL CHECKPOINT        COCKE                STATE ROUTE 73 @ .1 MILE S OF 25-70            LATE EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        GRAINGER             OWL HOLE @ BALL FIELD                          LATE EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        WASHINGTON           SMITH STREET                                   EVENING

Saturday, April 23:
DL CHECKPOINT        CLAIBORNE            US 25-E @ AMERICAN CHRISTIAN                   EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        GRAINGER             STATE ROUTE 375 @ LAKESHORE BAPTIST            EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        HAWKINS              STANLEY VALLEY @ CROUCH’S                      EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        JEFFERSON            US 11E NEAR HAMBLEN CO. LINE                   MORNING

Sunday, April 24:
DL CHECKPOINT        UNICOI               HWY 81 @ SAWMILL                               AFTERNOON

DIST. 6 COOKEVILLE
Friday, April 22:

Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day
DL CHECKPOINT        WARREN               STATE ROUTE 8 .1 MILE N OF 5 MM                MORNING

SOBRIETY             CUMBERLAND           HWY 70 E @ SHAFFER’S ROCK                      EVENING
SOBRIETY             SMITH                STATE ROUTE 25 W .3 MILE E OF 2 MM             EVENING
SOBRIETY             SMITH                HWY 70 N .2 MILE W OF 17 MM                    EVENING
SOBRIETY             TROUSDALE            US 231 @ BRIDGE                                EVENING
Saturday, April 23:

DL CHECKPOINT        MACON                HWY 261 @ CORINTH CHURCH                       EVENING
Sunday, April 24:

DL CHECKPOINT        TROUSDALE            OLD LAFAYETTE RD @ BRIDGE                      EVENING
DIST. 7 LAWRENCEBURG

Friday, April 22:
Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day

DL CHECKPOINT        MAURY                TOM HITCH PKWY, SOUTH OF HWY 412               EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        MAURY                STATE ROUTE 50 @ 28 MM                         LATE EVENING
Saturday, April 23:

DL CHECKPOINT        GILES                HWY 11 S @ 13 MM                               LATE EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        MARSHALL             HWY 50 @ 0 MM                                  EVENING
DIST. 8 JACKSON

Friday, April 22:
Checkpoint           County               Road/Highway                                   Time of Day

SOBRIETY             MADISON              STATE ROUTE 223 @ AIRPORT ENTRANCE             EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        GIBSON               US 45 BYPASS TRENTON                           EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        WEAKLEY              STATE ROUTE 54 @ 3 MM                          EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        CARROLL              STATE ROUTE 423 @ FIELDS SCHOOL RD             EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        HENRY                US 79 SOUTH @ STEELE RD                        EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        DECATUR              STATE ROUTE 69 @ CUB CREEK                     EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        DECATUR              US 412 @ STATE ROUTE 100                       EVENING
DL CHECKPOINT        MCNAIRY              HWY 22 & HWY 57 INT. 55F                       EVENING

SOBRIETY             MCNAIRY              HWY 199 @ CENTER HILL RD                       LATE EVENING

 

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY
 
FINAL HOLIDAY REPORT
April 20, 2011
 
2010 EASTER HOLIDAY
12 AM THURSDAY, APRIL 1 – 11:59 PM SUNDAY, APRIL 4
96-HOUR HOLIDAY PERIOD
 
  • FATAL CRASHES:   8                     

 

Three crashes were single vehicle crashes;   five were multiple vehicle crashes. 
  • FATALITIES:                        10       
 Two (20%) of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes.
 
Eight of the people killed were vehicle occupants.
Six of the eight (75%) were not wearing safety restraints.
No child passengers requiring child restraint devices were killed.
Two motorcyclists were killed; both were wearing helmets.
 
FATALITY LOG
 
 
DAY
TIME
COUNTY
HIGHWAY
NUMBER
KILLED
ALCOHOL
RELATED
1.
Friday
11:00 AM
Henry
SR076
1
NO
2.
Friday
12:55 PM
Perry
City
1
NO
3.
Friday
5:05 PM
Hardin
SR128
1
NO
4.
Friday
7:05 PM
Greene
SR034
3
NO
5.
Friday
8:55 PM
McMinn
County
1
YES
6.
Saturday
7:19 PM
Montgomery
SR112
1
NO
7.
Sunday
3:04 AM
Hamilton
City
1
YES
8.
Sunday
4:20 PM
Greene
SR070
1
NO
 
  • The number of fatalities for the 2009 96-hour holiday period was 13.

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