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THP Out in Force During July 4 Holiday Period

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking steps to ensure motorists drive safely during this Fourth of July holiday period.

The agency will conduct a high-visibility enforcement campaign beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ending at midnight Sunday.

State troopers will utilize a variety of traffic safety tools, such as driver's license, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints.

Last year, 19 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes in Tennessee during the 102-hour holiday period.

That's down from 21 vehicular fatalities during the 2012 Fourth of July period.

Of the 19 traffic fatalities last year, five were alcohol-related and 13 were not wearing safety restraints, including one child passenger.

One all-terrain vehicle rider also died during the holiday period.