With Thanksgiving only one week away, Tennessee state troopers are preparing for heavy travel during the holiday.
During a press conference Friday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol sent out a message to make sure drivers are safe when they hit the roads.
Beginning Wednesday, if drivers are taking Interstate 40 to get anywhere during for Thanksgiving, they will see TDOT message boards warning about troopers every 20 miles.
It’s part of the "I-40 Challenge Drive to Zero Fatalities" safety initiative. Tennessee has paired up with seven other states to make sure drivers are safe on their trips to visit family and friends next week.
THP will focus on the most traveled days during the holiday, which are Wednesday and Sunday. While THP said traffic fatalities are up 8 percent across the state this year, they hope their interstate enforcement through the rest of the year will help bring the numbers down.
Troopers are reminding drivers how important it is to follow basic driving tips, like wearing a seat belt, driving defensively and not being distracted.
“We're not asking people to be superheroes. We're just asking them to take simple steps to protect their life and protect the lives of others,” said Colonel Tracy Trott with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
That increased presence will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.
Drivers can look forward to not seeing any lane closures during those five days to help with traffic flow, beginning at noon on Wednesday to 6 a.m. on Monday.