THP’s Super Bowl weekend game plan

10:00 am | February 2, 2014

Tonight, while many will be on their way to Super Bowl parties at restaurants, bars, or friends’ houses, others will have their eyes on the roads leading there.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Marlowe and Sgt. Jonathan Street conduct a seat belt check near the intersection of Watauga Road and Old Bristol Highway. The check was part of the patrol’s Safety Bolt event, which preceded the weekend’s Super Bowl safety campaign.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Marlowe and Sgt. Jonathan Street conduct a seat belt check near the intersection
of Watauga Road and Old Bristol Highway. The check was part of the patrol’s Safety Bolt event, which preceded the weekend’s
Super Bowl safety campaign.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is increasing its presence on the roads to accommodate for a high volume of game-day traffic. Troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, unlicensed drivers and unbuckled drivers … and will be expecting the unexpected, as well.

According to the THP, thanks to increased patrols, 94 drunken drivers were removed from the road during Super Bowl weekend in 2013, while one person died in an alcohol-related crash. THP Sgt. Jonathan Street said that effort to make the streets safer continues in Carter County.

“There will be numerous sobriety checkpoints and driver’s license checkpoints this weekend,” Street said.

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