Highway Patrol checkpoint is November 18

CLAY COUNTY-The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint here Friday, November 18, 2011 on state route 52 at New Hope road from 7 – 8 p.m. and on state route 53 at west Old Highway 53 North from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m.

State Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug abuse and concentrate their efforts on those who operate a vehicle while impaired. Corrective action will also be taken for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Troopers 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 THP recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

The THP will also be conducting a drivers license checkpoint Friday, December 2, 2011 on state highway 53 at Amos Arms road 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Another checkpoint is scheduled the same day on Highway 52 at Old Walker Hill road from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee. The THP has found these drivers license roadside safety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee.