The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Patrol Division will increase patrols over the Thanksgiving weekend to be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
"Our deputies will concentrate on impaired driving, speeding, reckless driving and distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt and other dangerous driving behaviors they might encounter," Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "It's not just drinking and driving we are concerned with anymore because there is such an increase in other dangerous driving behaviors. Today's drivers have to negotiate through a sea of traffic involving other drivers who may be impaired, using their phones to text, read messages or any number of other actions that can lead to an accident."
The WCSO will conduct saturation patrols throughout the county over the weekend. The goal is to avoid traffic fatalities and injuries, which needlessly kill or injure hundreds every year throughout the country.
"Impaired driving is a totally preventable crime," Bryan noted. "It is your choice when you decide to drive while impaired. We want you to enjoy your holidays, but plan ahead for designated driving - just in case you decide to have a drink. Call a taxi. There are all sorts of services available now to get you home safely. Driving under the influence is a choice that could cost you your life or that of someone else, and it could also cost you your freedom."
The sheriff urged drivers to remember the safety of their passengers and fellow drivers this weekend as always.
"Don't make a decision that you may regret for the rest of your life," he said. "Let's try to keep each other safe and have a happy holiday."
The overtime WCSO patrols are funded by a grant with the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.