Foothills agencies look to stop impaired drivers

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials from three counties that are part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have announced a crackdown on motorists impaired by alcohol or drugs, especially focused on the holiday weekend.

During a press conference at Walters State Community College in Sevierville on Wednesday, Tennessee Highway Patrol Maj. Richard Hurley said Tennessee has arrested more than 2,100 drivers on DUI charges so far this calendar year, almost a 31 percent increase in such arrests over the same period last year.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that agencies from Blount County, Cocke County and Sevier County were teaming up, along with the park ranger service.

Hurley said they also hope to reduce the number of traffic fatalities over the Labor Day weekend from last year's 10.

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


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