By Adam Tamburin | The Tennessean
The federal and state governments have teamed up to put more officers on Tennessee streets from July 18-21 and 25-28.
The campaign aims to target drivers who are speeding, drunk, distracted or not wearing a seat belt, according to a statement from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
"Highway safety laws are in place for very good reasons, and ignoring or breaking them all too often leads to deadly consequences," said Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office. "Our high visibility enforcement ... will hopefully help remind people to never drive drunk, always buckle up, to slow down and to always pay attention to the road."
Officials say heightened enforcement could help to save lives.
TDOT said nighttime should receive heightened attention because people are less likely to wear a seat belt at night.
In the U.S. in 2011, 62 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in nighttime traffic crashes were not wearing seat belts, TDOT said. Forty-three percent of unbelted people who were killed in daytime crashes.
Tennessee traffic deaths in 2011
* More than 700 killed
* Twenty-seven percent of the fatalities involved a drunk driver
* Twenty-three percent involved speeding
* Fifty-seven percent of those who died were not wearing their seat belts