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Troopers to up patrol on St. Patrick's Day weekend

March 13th, 2014 5:45 pm by Staff Reports

Troopers to up patrol on St. Patrick's Day weekend

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is issuing a reminder to motorists over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday to wear their seat belts and to drive sober.

In a news release, the THP warned it will be using an increase of traffic safety enforcement tools, including saturation patrols, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints.

The goal is to cut down on serious accidents during the 48-hour holiday period, which starts at midnight Sunday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. During last year’s 72-hour holiday period, there were 13 people in the state who died in vehicular crashes, four of whom died in an alcohol-related crash. There were 72 impaired driving arrests during that period.

The THP released tips for having a safe holiday:

- Plan ahead: If you plan to drink, arrange a safe way home before the festivities begin.

- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.

- If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use public transportation or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

- Use the local Sober Ride program.

- If you see a drunken driver on the road, promptly contact your local law enforcement agency or dial *THP.

- Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk. If you or someone who is about to ride with someone who is impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.

- And remember, the tragedies and costs of driving drunk are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for drunken driving are significant.

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