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THP seat belt, sobriety checkpoints slated

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct safety belt and sobriety checkpoints on Roane County roads in May.

The first safety belt checkpoint will be from 7 to 8 p.m. May 16 on the Interstate 40 westbound 340 mile-marker offramp.

Another safety belt checkpoint, also from 7 to 8 p.m., will be on May 21 on the I-40 westbound 350 mile-marker offramp.

Two sobriety roadside safety checkpoints are also planned for the month.

The first, on the week of May 18, will be at Hwy. 328 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Another sobriety checkpoint will be the week of May 25 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge.

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.