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Mid-South law enforcement agencies watch for unsafe drivers during holiday season

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A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office said that there have already been 17 more fatalities in Shelby County than this time last year. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office said that there have already been 17 more fatalities in Shelby County than this time last year.
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(WMC-TV) – Mid-South law enforcement agencies will be out in full force looking for unsafe drivers this holiday season, after a Wednesday announcement.

A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office said that there have already been 17 more fatalities in Shelby County than this time last year.

Increased patrols, sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints will be among the strategies used to keep folks safe this Thanksgiving weekend.

There will be dozens of extra troopers on the road in the effort to cut down on impaired and erratic driving. Agencies from Memphis, Shelby County, and the Highway Patrol announced that they are beefing up patrols for the holidays.

"Our goal this weekend is to save lives," said Chris Richardson with TN Highway Patrol.

There will be 30 extra troopers on highways on Saturday. Sheryl Jackson is going out of town, but says she knows impaired drivers will be out everywhere.

"They partying at different people's houses, stopping, deciding to take a drink," said Jackson.

Tennessee is joining eight other states that will place troopers along Interstate 40 every 20 miles until midnight on Wednesday and then again on Sunday afternoon. There were eight people killed in Tennessee during last year's holiday period.

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