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THP ready for Cinco de Mayo, but not like you may be

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday, and that means the Tennessee Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are aggressively looking for drivers under the influence to keep the roads safe.

THP troopers will observe this year's Cinco de Mayo holiday period between 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5 through midnight, on Wednesday, May 6.

Last year, the 96-hour Cinco de Mayo enforcement period resulted in 15 fatal crashes and 16 vehicular deaths across Tennessee. Seven of the 16 traffic fatalities were alcohol-related (43.8%) and seven of the fatalities were unrestrained (43.8%), according to the THP.

Five motorcyclists were killed, while one pedestrian died. Three of the traffic fatalities occurred on Cinco de Mayo.

Troopers will hold sobriety and seat belt checkpoints and conduct statewide saturation patrols throughout the 48-hour holiday period.

As of May 1, 266 motorists have been killed on Tennessee roadways this calendar year; six fewer traffic fatalities than this same time in 2014.

Some important reminders from the THP for those celebrating Cinco de Mayo and any holiday or special occasion include:
  • Plan Ahead. If you plan to drink, arrange a safe way home with a designated driver before the festivities begin.
  • If you're impaired, call a taxi, use public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Use the local Sober Ride program.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, promptly contact your local law enforcement agency (Dial *THP)
  • Remember, Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you or someone you know is about to ride with one that is impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.
A list of all scheduled THP checkpoints can be found online.

AAA, in partnership with Bud Light, also offers drivers who may have enjoyed the holiday a bit too much free tows to avoid driving under the influence. Drivers in Tennessee or Georgia can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.

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