THP works to keep travelers safe over Thanksgiving holiday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in full force this weekend in an effort to keep travelers safe on the roadways.

Troopers will focus heavily on the more than 450 miles of Interstate 40 across the state with a trooper placed every 20 miles.

The agency’s goal is to have zero fatalities on the peak holiday travel days, which are Wednesday and Sunday.

“There’s never a good time to lose a family member but right at the holidays is extremely tough. There’s always that vacant chair at the table as a solemn reminder. The hardest part of our job is to go knock on a door and tell them that their loved one’s been killed in a car crash,” said Lt. Travis Plotzer.

Last year, there were 54 crashes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and 51 on the Sunday after on I-40. Four of those crashes were alcohol-related.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is also halting all construction this holiday weekend. While there won’t be any lane closures, workers could be present near the road.

The worst time leave for the Thanksgiving holiday is Wednesday around 3 p.m.

As far as returning home, the worst time to hit the road is Sunday around 2 p.m.

Anyone who sees someone being unsafe on the road, or if you need help yourself, dial *THP.