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Officers to be out during Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday will be the time of the next DUI saturation patrol in Warren County. It will be a joint effort by McMinnville Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Patrols on holidays, such as the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, have been commonplace for years. Super Bowl Sunday was recently added.
“I have long said we need a saturation patrol on Super Bowl Sunday,” said Lt. Mark Mara. “It used to not be a recognized holiday for extra patrols, but it needed to be.”
Officers will be actively pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops when signs of impaired driving are observed.
Saturation patrols are designed to make highways safer and to increase public awareness of the hazards of drinking and driving by removing intoxicated drivers from the roads to decrease the potential for motor vehicle accidents.
Mara says the effort is not to discourage legal-age adults from drinking while watching the Super Bowl.
“We are not saying you can’t have a drink while watching the Super Bowl,” said Mara. “We are saying you should plan to stay the night where you are, or arrange a designated driver to take you home.”
Motorists are encouraged to help make streets safer by reporting any vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner to 911 or 668-7000. Please let the dispatcher know the street you are on and a detailed description of the vehicle. If known, include make, model, color and license plate number.
This saturated patrol will be in memory of all those who were affected by impaired driving, especially the Elam family who lost Jesse and Vada Elam in Morrison on July 7, 2008.

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