By Max Hrenda
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.
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.