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No DUI arrests made during saturation patrol
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Last weekend’s additional saturation patrol by McMinnville Police Department resulted in no arrests for driving under the influence.
“We had three officers working the saturation patrol,” said Lt. Mark Mara. “We also assisted the Tennessee Highway Patrol with its seatbelt checkpoint. During the checkpoint, McMinnville Police Department officers wrote citations for child restraint, two seatbelt and registration violations.”
No DUI arrests were made.
 “We found no DUIs and there were not DUI-related accidents during the saturation patrol,” said Mara. “Everyone did a great job of minding the law and not driving while impaired. It was a good weekend.”
The extra patrol on a non-holiday weekend was scheduled after a high number of impaired drivers were arrested during fair week.
“We focus a lot of our attention for impaired drivers during holiday weekends, but some of our DUIs come from any weekend and any weekday. We just don’t do saturation patrols on holidays. We do them whenever we feel there is a need for one. Last week showed us there was a need for another saturation patrol,” said Mara of the decision.
In an effort to encourage child safety, Dairy Queen of McMinnville provides the department with free ice cream coupons to hand out during the saturation patrol when someone is stopped and their children are properly restrained.
“We handed out nine ice cream coupons during the seatbelt checkpoint,” said Mara. “Once again, I want to thank Dairy Queen for its continued partnership with our saturation patrols.”
Operation “Be a Survivor: Get a Designated Driver” receives funding from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.