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THP helps in six-state I-75 crackdown this weekend

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol joins agencies from five other states to help keep the Interstate 75 corridor safe for motorists.

The THP will be part of the "Staying Alive on I-75" operation, March 28–30, that will target aggressive drivers, speeders, seatbelt use, and commercial vehicle safety on the interstate.

Interstate 75 starts in south Florida, and runs through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, amounting to 1,786 miles of roadway.

Troopers in both the Chattanooga and Knoxville regions will enforce a zero tolerance policy for reckless traffic violations that contribute to crashes.

The I-75 Challenge campaign is being conducted in support of a nationwide initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to reduce U.S. traffic fatalities by 15% this year.

The challenge will consist of four high-visibility enforcement weekends. The March 28-30 and Dec. 26-28 weekends will target impaired driving; June 27-29 will be motorcycle safety; and Sept. 26-28 will focus on occupant protection, distracted driving and speeding.

The Highway Patrol offers the following tips for safe travels on the roads:

  • Buckle up – a seatbelt is the most important safety feature in a vehicle
  • Obey all speed limits
  • Drive sober and alert
  • Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo – anything that can take your eyes off the road, even for one second can lead to a crash;
  • Get plenty of rest before setting out on a trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination; and
  • Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip i.e. checking tire pressure/condition and fluid levels.

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