THP cracking down on intoxicated motorists over Labor Day weekend

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Labor Day Holiday weekend is notorious for road fatalities as people travel to visit family and friends.

That’s why the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in full force to crackdown on intoxicated motorists.

Look for DUI checkpoints set up at various locations throughout Chattanooga and surrounding areas as part of the “Booze it or Lose it” program.

Last year in Tennessee, 14 people died on area roadways during the Labor Day weekend.

Six of those fatalities involved alcohol.

“Buckling that seat belt or driving sober is an inconvenience for people or they are just not thinking about it by saying I’m okay to drive; I’m sober to drive; I’m not that drunk just a little bit buzzed. They don’t realize they’re actually impaired and not able to control that vehicle like they can when they’re sober,” says Sgt. Alan Bailey of the THP.

So far, more than 650 people have died on Tennessee roadways this year.

Categories: Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Local News

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