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THP, MADD and local Law enforcement issue Labor Day crackdown warning

Major statewide Law enforcement effort seeks to save lives

TennesseeDepartmentofSafetyNashville – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today announced State Troopers will be out in full force during the Labor Day holiday period. They will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the state and nation as they take part in the Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest crackdown on impaired driving. The Official Labor Day holiday weekend begins Friday, September 4, at 6 p.m. and ends Monday, September 7, at 11:59 p.m.

Tennessee Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell reminded Tennessee motorists that, “Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Yet we continue to see a tragic number of people with debilitating injuries and deaths as a result of impaired driving. This careless disregard for human life must stop. To help ensure that happens, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is dedicated to arresting impaired drivers wherever and whenever we find them.”

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Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In Tennessee in 2008, 327 people were killed in crashes where the driver or motorcyclist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That is down from 377 people killed in 2007 with a BAC of .08 or higher. Over the 2008 Labor Day holiday, 12 people were killed in 10 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways, down from 17 people killed on Tennessee roadways in 2007.

Nationwide in 2008, nearly 12,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher. The picture for motorcycle riders is particularly bleak. In fatal crashes in 2007, a higher percentage of motorcycle riders (27 percent) had a BAC of .08 or higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver.

Don't let this be you this labor day
Don't let this be you this labor day

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has hit the highways hard all summer long during the “100 Days of Summer Heat” enforcement campaign. Although the summer season comes to an unofficial close with the Labor Day Holiday, THP’s aggressive enforcement of drunk driving laws won’t end. The THP is teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other local aw enforcement agencies across the nation this weekend in the aggressive crackdown on impaired drivers as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s national campaign called: Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The THP enforcement effort will include saturation patrols in high volume and high crash corridors and looking for aggressive and impaired drivers as well as safety belt violators to help prevent serious injury crashes.

“Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive—a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle—if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions, No excuses,” stated THP Commander Colonel Mike Walker. “Tennessee State Troopers will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road—and save lives that might otherwise be lost.”

While drunk driving has traditionally been viewed as mostly a male problem, data shows that an increasing number of females are being arrested and convicted for driving while impaired. Nationwide, arrests for women driving under the influence increased nearly 30 percent from 1998 to 2007, according to a recent study by (NHTSA). In Tennessee, roughly 18 percent of DUI convictions in 2008 were female and the percentage of female DUI arrests from 2002 to 2008 increased 4.3 percent from 18.5 percent in 2002 to 22.8 percent in 2008.

The national Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest, impaired driving crackdown focuses on combing high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

For more information, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org

Checkpoints for District 3 during Labor Day Weekend

DIST. 3 NASHVILLE

Friday, September 4:

  • DL CHECKPOINT DAVIDSON COUNTY HWY 100 @ NATCHEZ TRACE MORNING
  • DL CHECKPOINT HUMPHREYS COUNTY HWY 13 @ DUCK RIVER BRIDGE MORNING
  • DL CHECKPOINT MONTGOMERY COUNTY HWY 12 @ JARRELL RIDGE RD EVENING
  • DL CHECKPOINT ROBERTSON COUNTY HWY 25 @ HWY 49 MORNING
  • DL CHECKPOINT STEWART COUNTY HWY 79 2 M WEST OF HWY 232 AFTERNOON
  • DL CHECKPOINT WILLIAMSON COUNTY US 431 @ SR 840 MORNING
  • SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT CHEATHAM COUNTY HWY 70 @ SHACKLETT RD EVENING
  • SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT DICKSON COUNTY HWY 47 @ MONTGOMERY BELL EVENING
  • SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT SUMNER COUNTY HWY 31E @ SHUTES LANE MORNING

Saturday, September 5:

  • DL CHECKPOINT SUMNER COUNTY HWY 31E @ TOM BEASLEY EVENING
  • SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT WILSON COUNTY US 231 MORNING

Sunday, September 6:

  • DL CHECKPOINT SUMNER COUNTY HWY 231 @ HWY 31 EVENING

Monday, September 7:

  • DL CHECKPOINT RUTHERFORD COUNTY JOHN BRAGG HWY @ MT HERMAN RD AFTERNOON
  • DL CHECKPOINT WILSON COUNTY EAST HIGH STREET MORNING

Labor Day Stats

2008 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
6 PM, FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 – 11:59 PM, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
78-HOUR HOLIDAY PERIOD

In Tennessee, there were 10 fatal crashes resulting in 12 deaths, yielding a fatality rate of one death per six hours and thirty minutes.

  • 5 crashes were single vehicle crashes; 5 were multiple vehicle crashes.
  • Seven of the people killed were vehicle occupants.
  • Six of the 7 (86%) were not wearing safety restraints.
  • Three of the 7 (43%) were ejected from their vehicle.
  • No child passengers requiring child safety seats were killed.Five motorcyclists was killed; 4 were wearing helmets, 1 helmet use is unknown.

FATALITY LOG

DAY

TIME

COUNTY

HIGHWAY

NUMBER KILLED

ALCOHOL RELATED

1.

Saturday

0359

DAVIDSON

I-24

1

No

2.

Saturday

1800

HUMPHREYS

I-40

1

No

3.

Saturday

2135

ROBERTSON

SR 25

1

No

4.

Saturday

2306

DAVIDSON

City Street

1

No

5.

Sunday

1548

PUTNAM

I-40

2

No

6.

Sunday

1610

POLK

County Road

1

No

7.

Sunday

2344

RUTHERFORD

SR 41

1

No

8.

Monday

1139

SHELBY

SR 15

1

No

9.

Monday

1610

WARREN

SR 56

2

No

10.

Monday

2352

HENDERSON

SR 22

1

No

Highest Deaths

In 1974, 27 people were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes during the 78-hour Labor Day holiday period; yielding a fatality rate of one death per 2.9 hours.


Lowest Deaths

In 1962, 6 people were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes during the 78-hour Labor Day holiday period; yielding a fatality rate of one death per 13 hours.

The 2009 Labor Day holiday period will begin 6 PM, Friday, September 4, and will end 11:59 PM, Monday, September 7. This will be a 78-hour holiday period.

About the Tennessee Department of Safety

The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is (www.TN.Gov/safety) 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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