The Tennessee Highway Patrol is warning football fans about the dangers of drinking and driving, noting they won’t be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday but instead will be on the roads watching for drunk drivers.
The Cookeville Highway Patrol district, which includes Warren County, is partnering with other Upper Cumberland law enforcement agencies to enhance impaired-driving enforcement during Super Bowl weekend. The Highway Patrol will be conducting saturation patrols aimed at combating impaired drivers.
During Super Bowl weekend last year, there were 76 crashes and eight fatalities relating to impaired driving across Tennessee. In the Cookeville district, there were no fatalities.
Another key area of enforcement is distracted driving. There has been a 21 percent increase in distracted driving crashes in the 15-county Cookeville district.
“Our utmost priority is the safety of our motorist,” Christian said. “If we prevent one crash, one fatality, we have accomplished our goals.”