tennessee highway patrol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement over the Christmas holiday. 

Christmas is one of the most dangerous times of the year for motorists due to an increase in impaired driving. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, the increased enforcement begins just after midnight tonight and runs through midnight Dec. 25.

THP Captain David McGill says it includes saturation patrols, bar and tavern checks, and driver license and sobriety checkpoints.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Highway Patrol is advising motorists to watch out for deer crossing roads during mating and hunting season.

The THP says an increase in deer-related crashes is likely from now through December. Deer are more likely to be on the move during mating season, especially during daybreak and dusk.

THP head Colonel Tracy Trott says you should avoid swerving in an effort to miss an approaching deer.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Bonnaroo 2012 begins Thursday. For the first time this year the show’s promoters will give attendees access to the festival grounds a day early.

It’s part of efforts to reduce traffic congestion as 80,000 concert goers converge on the Manchester area.

Event planners are taking other measures to ease traffic congestion as well. Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane or on the shoulder of the Interstate-24 this year, allowing through traffic to use the left lane unimpeded.