Hitting the road this week? Expect to see more THP troopers on busier travel days

generic - THP
Posted at 1:44 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 14:50:36-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol says drivers should expect to see more troopers during the busier travel days of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Troopers will be working 12-hour shifts today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The agency says during these times, it will have an increased presence on all interstates and all other highways.

“The loss of life is never easy, especially when that loss could have been avoided,” Colonel Dereck R. Stewart said. “The pain remains for a lifetime. That is why I am making a commitment to increase our trooper presence on all major Tennessee roadways. We encourage the public to make safe choices when traveling. Stay off your phone and don’t drive distracted, wear your seatbelt, and do not drive impaired.”

Officials say there were 15 deadly crashes resulting in 18 deaths over the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

If you need highway assistance, you can dial *847 (*THP). This will connect you to a THP dispatcher. A trooper will then be sent to your location.