THP license, sobriety checkpoints slated

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct driver license and sobriety checkpoints on Roane County roads in late July and through August.

A driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be the week of July 27 on Pansy Hill Road at Swan Pond Road.

Another driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be the week of Aug. 10 on Fiske Heights Road east of the railroad tracks.

Sobriety roadside safety checkpoints are planned for late August.

The first will be the week of Aug. 24 on Hwy. 70 at Swan Pond Road.

Another sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of Aug. 31 on Hwy. 328 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

During the driver license checkpoint, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws while ensuring the safety and protection of all motorists.

Sobriety roadside checkpoints are conducted to ensure the safety of all motorists and to remove impaired drivers from the state’s roadways.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the THP.

During the checkpoints, troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. They will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.