Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures this St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Officers are planning a checkpoint on Highway 70 and / or Highway 109 on Friday, March 15. In addition, they will be conducting saturation patrols.
We'll be monitoring for DUIs while enforcing traffic violations and other offenses. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol or drug related crashes, said Lt. Brent Willett.He added that officers will be observing drivers who pass through the checkpoint, or checkpoints, looking for signs of impairment.
We ask those citizens that may be briefly held up by the checkpoint(s) to please be patient and understanding. Those that may consider drinking or using drugs that impair their ability to drive should think twice! A DUI conviction carries jail time, heavy fines, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can and often does result in the loss of innocent lives, Willett said.
Funding for this checkpoint / saturation was made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.