This week, law enforcement agencies will unite in a traffic enforcement initiative called the Tennessee Interstate Challenge.
The initiative will run from November 23 through the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The goal of traffic enforcement efforts is to reduce the number of accidents during the active travel season.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will increase patrols by posting a patrol every 10 to 20 miles on all Tennessee interstates.
THP will also increase patrols on secondary roadways “to support local law enforcement agencies that do not have the interstate system running through their jurisdiction.” In addition to THP, Tennessee sheriffs and local police will also participate in the review.
In addition to THP, Tennessee sheriffs and local police will also participate in the review.
“Many people are traveling throughout Tennessee this week to celebrate and thank their loved ones,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDSOHS) Commissioner Jeff Long. “Through the Tennessee Interstate Challenge, we are working to prevent crashes and help everyone get home safely.”
“The benefits of traffic enforcement efforts in previous years are immeasurable,” Colonel Perry said. “For example, we cannot know how many lives were saved because a police officer pulled over a speeding, distracted or unconscious driver. What we do know is that when we stop dangerous drivers, it has an immediate positive impact on road safety. One death is too many. I believe the Tennessee Interstate Challenge will help us achieve our goal of avoiding fatal crashes.”