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The Tennessee Highway Patrol worked hard Labor Day weekend to keep our roads safe

thpcar2This weekend while most of us were enjoying our first evening of the long Labor Day weekend, the Troopers of Tennessee Highway Patrol were hard at work. In District 3 which covers our area, they were out on Highway 12 conducting a drivers license checkpoint. Being a bit short on officers, just three State Troopers processed over 137 cars looking for people driving without licenses, driving intoxicated, miscellaneous violations, and of course people with outstanding warrants.

THP Trooper Curley Jackson checks a drivers license as SGT Hobbs looks on
THP Trooper Curley Jackson checks a driver's license as SGT Hobbs looks on

Most drivers passed through the hour long checkpoint manned by Sgt Maurice Hobbs and Trooper Curley Jackson without incident, but 13 drivers had issues requiring a closer look by Trooper Wayne Tidwell, who took care of the motorists who were stopped. Out of that came a total of 15 citations:

  • 1 Vehicle Lights
  • 1 Registration
  • 3 Revoked or Suspended Licenses
  • 4 Not having their Driver Licenses
  • 6 Other types (Seatbelt, child restraint, Etc.)

One of the drivers stopped was wanted by the Cheatham county Sheriff Department, and was held for transport.

On this night they did not encounter anyone who was driving under the influence, however during the 2008 Labor Day weekend Tennessee had 10 fatal crashes resulting in 12 deaths. This was a fatality rate of one death per six hours and thirty minutes. Many of these crashes were a result of drivers operating motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

While this story covers only one checkpoint, the Tennessee Highway patrol was busy operating dozens of checkpoints throughout the state during the three day weekend.

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TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY

DRIVER LICENSE & SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS

DIST. 1 KNOXVILLE

Friday, September 4:

DL CHECKPOINT BLOUT COUNTY OLD KNOXVILLE HWY @ CO-OP RD MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT KNOX COUNTY HWY 11 E @ KNOX/JEFFERSON CO. LINE EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT LOUDON COUNTY POND CREEK RD NEAR DR VALLED EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT ROANE COUNTY PINE RIDGE RD @ RR TRACKS AFTERNOON

DL CHECKPOINT SCOTT COUNTY US 27 @ BEAR CREEK MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT SEVIER COUNTY SR 338 EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT UNION COUNTY SR 170 @ SR 144 MORNING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT CAMPBELL COUNTY HWY 63 @ DOAKS CREEK RD. EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT LOUDON COUNTY SR 321 @ CUT THROUGH RD EVENING

SOBREITY CHECKPOINT SEVIER COUNTY SR 321 EVENING

Saturday, September 5:

DL CHECKPOINT KNOX COUNTY MAYNARDVILLE HWY NOON

Monday, September 7:

DL CHECKPOINT MONROE COUNTY SR 68 1 M S. OF SWEETWATER MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT SEVIER COUNTY SR 339 @ JONES COVE RD EVENING

DIST. 2 CHATTANOOGA

Friday, September 4:

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT HAMILTON COUNTY WASHINGTON @ E 20TH EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT BRADLEY COUNTY US 11 N @ CHARELSTON RED EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT GRUNDY COUNTY HWY 41 @ HWY 50 EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT MARION COUNTY HWY 41 @ MARION CO. PARK EVENING

DL CHECK POINT RHEA COUNTY HWY 30 @ TN RIVER BRIDGE EVENING

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

DIST. 4 MEMPHIS

Friday, September 4:

DL CHECKPOINT DYER COUNTY SR 78 @ BROADMOOR MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT LAUDERDALE COUNTY SR 87 WEST OF US 51 MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT FAYETTE COUNTY SR 76 SOUTH OF MM 5 MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT LAUDERDALE COUNTY SR 88 WEST OF CROCKETT CO. LINE EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT DYER COUNTY SR 211 .3 M NORTH OF MM 15 EVENING

Saturday, September 5:

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT SHELBY COUNTY US 70 @ FAYETTE CO LINE EVENING

Monday, September 7:

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT OBION COUNTY SR 214 .5 M NORTH OF MM 4 EVENING

DIST. 5 FALL BRANCH

Friday, September 4:

DL CHECKPOINT COCKE COUNTY SR 160 @ FOWLERS GROVE RD. MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT WASHINGTON COUNTY SMITH STREET EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT UNICOI COUNTY SR 107 @ CAMP GROUND EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT JOHNSON COUNTY SR 167 EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT HAMBLEN COUNTY SR 66 @ SR 160 MORNING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT CLAIRBORNE COUNTY US 25 E @ SR 58 EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT HAMBLEN COUNTY US 25 E @ CHEROKEE PARK MORNING

Saturday, September 5:

DL CHECKPINT COCKE COUNTY SR 160 @ BALL FIELD MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT CARTER COUNTY SR 67 NOON

DL CHECKPOINT

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT JEFFERSON COUNTY SR 92 @ JEFFERSON RENTALS MORNING

Sunday, September 6:

DL CHECKPOINT CLAIBORNE COUNTY SR 63 & COUNTY LINE MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT HANCOCK COUNTY SR 31 @ CEDAR GROVE CHURCH MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT GREENE COUNTY US 11 E @ HAWKINDS COUNTY MORNING

Monday, September 7:

DL CHECKPOINT WASHINGTON COUNTY AUSTON SPRINGS RD EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT GREENE COUNTY SR 107 MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT GREENE COUNTY SR 172 @ BURKMAN EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT CARTER COUNTY SR 359 NOON

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT COCKE COUNTY US 321 @ SR 35 MORNING

DIST. 6 COOKEVILLE

Friday, September 4:

DL CHECKPOINT PUTNAM COUNTY SR 290 MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT PUTNAM COUNTY SR 136 @ BANGHAM NOON

DL CHECKPOINT OVERTON COUNTY SR 294 EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT WARREN COUNTY OLD ROCK ISLAND RD MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT WARRREN COUNTY YAGER ROAD NOON

DL CHECKPIONT CLAY COUNTY SR 52 EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT CLAY COUNTY SR 53 EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT OVERTON COUNTY SR 52 EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT CUMBERLAND COUNTY US 70 WEST EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT DEKALB COUNTY SR 96 EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT DEKALB COUNTY SR 56 EVENING

Sunday, September 6:

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT TROUSDALE COUNTY SR 25 EVENING

Monday, September 7:

DL CHECKPOINT CUMBERLAND COUNTY US 70 WEST EVENING

DIST. 7 LAWRENCEBURG

Friday, September 4:

DL CHECKPOINT MAURY COUNTY SOUTHPORT RD .4 M WEST OF HALEY LN EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT HICKMAN COUNTY MISSIONARY RIDGE RD EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT PERRY COUNTY SR 13 NORTH NEAR MM 28 MORNING

DL CHECKPOINT WAYNE COUNTY US 64 EAST .5 M WES OF MM 20 EVENING

Saturday, September 5:

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT LEWIS COUNTY US 412 EAST EVENING

Sunday, September 6:

DL CHECKPOINT MARSHALL COUNTY SR 50 @ MAURY CO. LINE AFTERNOON

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT WAYNE COUNTY SR 13 NORTH @ UNDERPASS EVENING

Monday, September 7:

DL CHECKPOINT BEDFORD COUNTYSR 82 @ HIMESVILLE CHURCH AFTERNOON

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT PERRY COUNTY US 412 WEST @ TN RIVER BRIDGE EVENING

DIST. 8 JACKSON

Friday, September 4:

DL CHECKPOINT CARROLL COUNTY AFTERNOON

DL CHECKPOINT HENRY COUNTY EVENING

DL CHECKPOINT HENDERSON COUNTY AFTERNOON

DL CHECKPOINT HARDIN COUNTY EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT HENDERSON COUNTY EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT HARDIN COUNTY NOON

Saturday, September 5:

DL CHECKPOINT MADISON COUNTY AFTERNOON

DL CHECKPOINT WEAKLEY COUNTY EVENING

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT MADISON COUNTY EVENING

Monday, September 7:

DL CHECKPOINT GIBSON COUNTY AFTERNOON

DL CHECKPOINT HENDERSON COUNTY AFTERNOON

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT CARROLL COUNTY AFTERNOON

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT HENRY COUNTY AFTERNOON

Bill Larson
Bill Larson
Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave. You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.
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