Area law enforcement is gearing up for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will be performing saturation and DUI patrols, according to Sgt. Andy Smith of BCSO’s Traffic Safety Unit.
Tennessee Highway Patrol will also increase saturation patrols and enhance operations to include DUI enforcement.
“We will also be watching closely for seat-belt usage,” said Lt. Tommie Graham of Cleveland’s THP post.
Graham said troopers will be working special details which will allow an increase in presence during the holiday which officially begins Friday evening and ends Monday at midnight.
The Chattanooga District of THP will also be working within the parameters of the “No Refusal” program, according to Col. Tracy Trott.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period. Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, through 6 a.m. Tuesday. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday, according to TDOT.
Although lane closure will be stopped, workers could be in the construction zones and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.
During the 2011 Labor Day holiday, 12 people were killed in 11 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That’s up from the 10 vehicular fatalities in 2010. Last year, alcohol was involved in two of the fatalities, and 40 percent of the vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints. Two motorcyclists were also killed during the 78-hour holiday period, according to THP information.