If you plan to drink and drive this holiday season, watch out.
The McMinnville Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting saturated patrols. The patrols will be held New Year’s weekend beginning Dec. 28 and continuing until Jan. 2.
The saturation patrols are being dedicated to the memory of Jesse and Vada Elam, who were killed by an impaired driver in Morrison on July 7, 2008.
During the saturation patrols, extra officers are on duty. The officers don’t have their normal responsibilities as they are instructed to only looked for signs of impaired motorists.
These signs may include swerving, driving too slow or too fast, or driving in a reckless manner. Since officers can’t be everywhere, even during saturation patrols, the public is always encouraged to help. Anyone who notices a reckless driver is encouraged to call dispatchers at 668-7000 or 911. A description of the vehicle and the direction it’s traveling is helpful, along with license plate number if it can be determined.
Funds from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office is used to pay the officers on saturated patrol. The patrols are announced ahead of time in hopes of keeping impaired drivers off the road completely. Officers say catching impaired drivers behind the wheel is helpful, but it’s even better if they are never on the road in the first place.