Sunday, May 23, 2010

THP Cookeville District Gears Up For Holiday

The Cookeville district of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says they are hoping for a better start to this year's Memorial Day Holiday weekend than they had last year. In 2009, a wreck in Putnam County on the Friday of the Memorial Day weekend was among the first of twelve fatal accidents recorded across the state. The majority of those crashes -- including the one in Cookeville -- involved just a single vehicle, and half of those killed last year were NOT wearing seat belts. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is joining forces with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office for a high visibility Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, urging all drivers and passengers to buckle up every time, all the time. The initiative runs from today through June 6, which includes the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Officials say drivers can expect to see plenty of troopers on the road enforcing seat belt laws and looking for aggressive and impaired drivers. More than 70 checkpoints are scheduled throughout the long holiday weekend, including a sobriety checkpoint that will be set up at the Baxter Crossroads this Friday evening. They will also conduct a driver's license checkpoint on Highway 70 near Dry Valley on Saturday.