THP To Increase Patrols On I-40 Over Thanksgiving

Posted at 2:57 PM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-19 15:57:07-05

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said more troopers will patrol Interstate 40 over the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to reports, troopers will be assigned on I-40 every 20 miles from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on November 27. The initiative was part of the Interstate 40 Drive to Zero Fatalities, which included additional patrols along I-40 in eight states.

In addition, state officials said the highway patrol will add an extra trooper on all of the state's major interstates.

Officials investigated 35 crashes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2015 and 111 wrecks the Sunday after the holiday on I-40. In total, eight people died in crashes over the 120-hour holiday period in 2015.