NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – AAA is forecasting its highest Thanksgiving travel number in nine years. Thousands of people will be traveling to, from, and through East Tennessee.
Road fatalities are also up this year, so the Tennessee Highway Patrol is putting more troopers on state highways and interstates.
“The hardest part of our job is having to on knock the door and tell a loved one that their family member is not coming home,” said Sgt. Travis Plotzer with THP. “What our ultimate goal is to make sure everyone gets to their family safe.”
The effort is called the I-40 Challenge. There was a trooper every 20 miles on I-40 Wednesday and there will be a trooper every 20 miles on Sunday.
Last year, THP worked 111 crashes the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
“For some reason we see more crashes when people are heading home,” said Sgt. Plotzer. “Whether we’re stopping people or not, a strong officer presence tends to deter problems and that’s what we want.”
THP is also relying on other drivers to help. If you see cars swerving or speeding, call *THP to report it.