Troopers will be placed every 20 miles along I-40 across TN

Thousands of people will be hitting the road next week to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving, and so will state and local law enforcement, to make sure you arrive at your destination safely.

Next Wednesday and Sunday are among the heaviest travel days of the year.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, along with Knoxville Police, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, and other local departments will be out looking for drunk or distracted drivers, speeders, and people not wearing their seat belts.

There will be checkpoints, saturation patrols, and this year, THP will station a state trooper every 20 miles on I-40 across the state.

"That will be a big impact for the motoring public, traveling from one end of the state to another, to see troopers," said THP Captain David McGill.

Troopers will also be stationed along I-75 and other counties without interstates.

The Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff's Office will keep a close watch on roads and drivers in the city and county.

"The last thing we want to do is put you in jail for your holiday, but I'll tell you, the first thing we want to do is put you in jail to keep you from killing somebody or yourself," said KPD Chief David Rausch. "I ask you to avoid us by following the law. Follow the law. Drive safely."

So far this year, 882 people have been killed on Tennessee roads, more than half of those killed wasn't wearing a seat belt. Officers say buckling up is the best thing you can do to survive a crash.

They also advise drivers to leave their homes with a plan, particularly if you are planning to drink. They say you should always know how you are getting home other than driving yoursefl.

The Governor's Highway Safety Office is really focusing on lowering the state's traffic fatalities. For the past several years, the number has hovered around 1000, and this increased enforcement is designed to keep bringing those numbers down.


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