Friday, June 12, 2009

More THP Roadblocks Scheduled

The Cookeville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a series of what they call "roadside safety checkpoints" this weekend. The THP is required by law to inform the public of when they'll be having such checkpoints, although officials say many violations are caught on routine traffic stops as well as the more organized roadblocks. On Friday nigth, troopers will be set up State Route 136 and State Route 290, looking, they say, for unlicensed drivers. State Route 290 is known in Cookeville as either 12th Street or the Gainesboro Grade. State Route 136 is a bit trickier. It's the name of both S. Jefferson Ave. and N. Washington Ave. Lt. Brian Lawson says the highway patrol has found these "safety checkpoints" to be an effective means of ensuring the protection of all motorists -- at least in part because people who are driving without a license may have lost that privilege because of a previous drunk driving conviction.