THP launching 'Cumberland Crackdown' on impaired drivers

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are planning a 12-hour blitz targeting impaired drivers.

Authorities say the state operation dubbed "Cumberland Crackdown," will take place Friday along U.S. Highway 127 and state Highway 111.

State officials say the operation will start at noon and continues until midnight, stretching from the Kentucky border in Pickett County to Chattanooga.

The operation will blend the Tennessee Highway Patrol's traditional holiday plans across the state through New Year's Day.

Statistics show 16 people were killed last year over the holiday weekend, half in alcohol-related crashes.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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