THP stepping up safety patrol over July Fourth holiday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking steps to try to make the Fourth of July holiday period as safe as possible.

According to a news release, the agency will use predictive analytics to allocate manpower and target areas where the likelihood of alcohol-related, serious injury or fatal crashes may occur during the holiday period.

State troopers will also conduct saturation patrols, and sobriety and seat belt checkpoints.

Twelve people were killed in Tennessee during last year’s Fourth of July holiday period. That’s down from the 19 vehicular deaths during the 2013 holiday period.

Of last year’s 12 traffic fatalities, seven were vehicle occupants and five were motorcyclists.

Four of the individuals killed were not wearing seat belts and three of the traffic deaths were alcohol-related.

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