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THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in February.

A driver’s license safety checkpoint is planned during the week of Feb. 1 on Pansy Hill Road at Swan Pond Road, Harriman.

Another checkpoint will be during the week of Feb. 15 on Fiske Heights Road near the railroad tracks in Harriman

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.

A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of Feb. 8 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge in Kingston

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.

A safety belt roadside safety checkpoint will take place during the week of Feb. 8 on Interstate 40 westbound at the 340-mile-marker offramp.

Troopers recognize the danger of traveling without safety belts, and they will target those who operate a vehicle while unbelted during the safety belt checkpoint.

They will also take corrective actions for other violations observed.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that safety belt checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools of enforcing the state’s safety belt laws while ensuring the protection of vehicle occupants.