Thanksgiving is just another work day for state troopers. The official holiday travel period starts tonight at 6 and continues through midnight Sunday. During that time, troopers will conduct more than 50 sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints statewide. Motorists are reminded to buckle up, obey posted speed limits and stay sober.
Last year, 13 people were killed in crashes on Tennessee’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That’s down from 20 the previous year. THP Colonel Mike Walker says he’s pleased with the decline. He adds that he won’t be satisfied until the number of lives lost is zero.