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Saturated patrols planned for holiday
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Residents who intend on traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday should stick to a celebratory serving of turkey and dressing. McMinnville Police Department will be conducting a saturated patrol looking for intoxicated drivers.
The patrol started Friday.
“I understand the desire to have a drink while you enjoy time with friends and family,” said McMinnville Police Department Lt. Mark Mara. “I also understand the stress of family get-togethers. However, if you are going to drive, please do not drink or take medications that might impair your ability.”
Warren County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will have extra officers on the streets looking for intoxicated drivers as well.
City officers plan to target red-light runners.
“Along with looking for intoxicated drivers, we will increase enforcement at red lights and watch for seat belt violators,” said Mara.
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 roadways, the potential for motor vehicle accidents is decreased, officers say.
Residents can help make the streets safer by reporting vehicles being operated in an unsafe manner to 668-7000 or 911. Please help the dispatcher by giving the street name and a detailed description of the vehicle. It would be helpful to provide the make, model, and color of the vehicle, along with the license plate number.
“We urge people to call in if they see a person driving in an unsafe manner,” said Mara. “This is a team effort. We need the community’s help and they need ours.”
Operation “Be A Survivor: Get A Designated Driver” has received funding from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.