The Wilson County Sheriff Office Patrol Division will increase patrol over the New Year's holiday weekend to be on the lookout for impaired drivers. The overtime patrols are funded by a grant with the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.
"Our officers will be watching for reckless drivers, including alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said.
The WCSO will have saturation patrols throughout the county during the holiday weekend. The goal is to avoid traffic fatalities and injuries, which needlessly kill or injure hundreds every year throughout the country, a spokesperson said.
"Impaired driving is a senseless crime," Sheriff Bryan added. "When you decide to drive after drinking or using drugs, it could be a decision that could cost you your life or that of someone else, and it could also cost you your freedom."
Sheriff Bryan urged motorists to plan ahead if they intend to have a drink at a gathering. That plan can include using a designated driver or calling an unimpaired friend or taxi to take you home.
"There's simply no excuse for impaired driving when you have alternatives," the sheriff said. "Please think of those around you before you drive under the influence. Don't make a decision that you may regret for the rest of your life. Let's try to keep each other safe and enjoy our holidays."