Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Saturation Patrols Planned For St. Pat's Day

More than 50 sobriety and driver license checkpoints are planned across the state, as the Tennessee Highway Patrol steps up enforcement efforts for the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day holiday. 

“Our goal is simple – to find and remove impaired drivers from the roadways,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. “If you drink and drive, you are in jeopardy of placing your life or someone else’s at risk, not to mention how the trauma, financial burden and arrest will impact your life forever. Don’t gamble with your future; designate a sober driver before the party begins.”

In Putnam County, what are called "saturation patrols" will be conducted Thursday evening along Highway 70-North.  Troopers will also be looking for drunk drivers along Highway 111 and I-40, as well as Highway 56 into Jackson County. Officials say a driver convicted of DUI can face up to 48 hours in jail and the loss of driving privileges for up to a year for a first offense. The associated costs of driving impaired also include attorney fees, court costs, reinstatement fees and higher insurance premiums.