Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers will conduct more than 50 sobriety and driver license checkpoints across the state from 6 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Sunday.
The initiative is part of a law enforcement campaign called Combined Accident Reduction Effort, and it is made possible by a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
“The C.A.R.E. Across Tennessee campaign allows us to increase our visibility during what is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year,” Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said in a news release. “We will work very hard to keep Tennessee roads and highways safe, and we ask drivers to do their part. Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and loved ones, and no one wants to spend it at a police station, hospital or even worse.”
On Wednesday, a state trooper will be posted every 15 miles along Interstate 40 looking for aggressive and impaired drivers and hazardous moving violations.
Thirteen people were killed in crashes on Tennessee roads during the 2007 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the department. That is a decrease from 2006, when 20 people died.