Troopers to be more visible during St. Patrick's Day holiday

Friday, March 13, 2015, Vol. 39, No. 11

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is using a 48-hour traffic safety campaign to increase its visibility during the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

THP Col. Tracy Trott says troopers were to increase traffic safety enforcement efforts beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and concluding at midnight Wednesday.

He says troopers will utilize traffic enforcement tools, such as sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, saturation patrols and bar and tavern checks.

Last year, four people were killed in vehicular crashes during the holiday period. One of the traffic fatalities occurred in an alcohol-related crash, while none of the four individuals killed were wearing safety restraints.

The THP arrested 54 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving and issued 416 seat belt citations statewide during last year's St. Patrick's Day holiday.