Rutherford County increases patrols over holiday weekend

Rutherford County increases patrols over holiday weekend (Image 1)

Rutherford County is increasing their number of patrols to ensure safety on a busy stretch of roadway this holiday weekend.

Rutherford County Sheriff Deputy Matt Powell told Nashville's News 2 he knows the importance of being visible during his patrols.

“As you can see right now we are doing the speed limit and nobody is passing us. Clearly people are aware that we are out here right now,” he said.

On Friday Deputy Powell's presence on I-24 in Rutherford County was a reminder for drivers to obey traffic laws.

“The main thing that we are trying to do is just let people know that we are here and hopefully that will sway them from making any kind of decision to drink and drive or drive recklessly or any thing like that,” he explained.

I-24 in Rutherford County has been a deadly and dangerous stretch of road throughout 2012.

“With six fatalities and over 200 injury accidents this year we felt like we needed to do some extra enforcement,” Tony Burnett with the Governor Highway Safety Office said.

With that in mind every law enforcement agency in Rutherford County stood together Friday morning to let the public know they will be out in force through New Years Day paying extra attention to I-24.

“The law enforcement officers in Rutherford County will sacrifice holiday time with their family in order that you may spend and have a wonderful holiday with yours,” Burnett said.

Authorities said officers will be actively looking for drivers breaking the law.

“If you are spending, driving while intoxicated or impaired or if you are not wearing your seatbelt you will be the focus of this enforcement event,” Burnett said.

The officers said they know they can't undo the past, but they will be making a concentrated effort to make I-24 a safer place to travel.

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