The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol are preparing to increase patrol for Labor Day Weekend.

The holiday enforcement period begins Friday, September 2nd and ends on Monday, September 5th.

The goal of the enforcement is to decrease the amount of deaths and injuries over the weekend.

“Troopers will be out in force working tirelessly across the state to ensure the summer period comes to a safe close,” said Colonel Tracy Trott.  “Our high-visibility enforcement effort which includes saturation patrols, bar and tavern checks and sobriety checkpoints, will help remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways.  Our goal is to remove unsafe motorists from the roadway before they injure or kill themself or an innocent person.”

14 people were killed in 14 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways, during Labor Day Weekend in 2015. Alcohol was involved in six of the fatal crashes.

Officials say distracted driving, DUI and seatbelts are just three of the categories that THP has focused on throughout the year especially during the holidays

“The ultimate goal is to save lives on Tennessee roadways,” Commissioner David Purkey said.  “We will not tolerate reckless drivers, distracted drivers, or driving under the influence.  It is critical that motorists obey the traffic laws to ensure a safe arrival.   It’s important to always choose a designated driver or car service if you plan to drink.”

 A list of the scheduled Labor Day enforcement checkpoints can be found here