TN and AL law enforcement team up for roadside checkpoints

TN and AL law enforcement team up for roadside checkpoints

TENNESSEE VALLEY (WAFF) - On Friday, Tennessee and Alabama law enforcement agencies teamed up to make sure you're safe on the roads leading up to the Labor Day weekend.

They'll kick off their "Hands Across the Border" campaign with a roadside checkpoint on U.S. 231 along the state line from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Law enforcement agents will be looking for drivers who are speeding, driving impaired, or not wearing their seat belt.

"Even though there's a state line a little ways from us, all of us have the same common goal and that's to save lives and prevent injury accidents all across both states," said Tony Burnett, the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.

Burnett also says social media helps to fuel campaigns like this and get the message to more people. Burnett says Tennessee is on track to have the lowest number of roadway deaths in years. As of Friday, they had 47 fewer roadway deaths than at this point last year.

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