Drunken driving arrests up 39 percent in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports making 39 percent more arrests for drunken driving this year.

The THP said in a news release that troopers have arrested 3,407 people for drunken driving, up from 2,452 for the same period a year ago.

The agency reported the figures in a news release announcing that THP Col. Tracy Trott has been named chairman of the 2012 Nashville Walk Like MADD event. It's sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to promote awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired. The walk is next June 2 in Bicentennial Mall Park in Nashville.

Trott has made drunken driving enforcement a priority since being appointed colonel in 2010.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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