McMinnville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be joining efforts in Warren County this Friday when a saturation patrol will be conducted.
“We’ve had several car wrecks, one of which resulted in the deaths of four people,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara of the need to hold an impromptu saturation patrol. “The Tennessee Governors Highway Safety Office has asked us to hold another one. Saturated patrols are not just for holidays.”
Joining MPD will be the THP. Mara says the state will be sending additional officers to help out.
“Given the number of accidents recently, the governor’s office wants to know that we can set up a saturation patrol with minimal notice,” Mara said. “THP has offered to assist. Friday will be a joint effort.”
Highly motivated and trained officers comprise the team conducting saturation patrols. The officers have been trained to administer standardized field sobriety tests to determine if a driver is impaired. Officers will be actively pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops.
The 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, Mara says.
The patience and cooperation of all motorists stopped during Friday’s saturation patrol will help make the highways safer for all drivers and passengers, says Mara.
Operation “Be A Survivor: Get a Designated Driver” in McMinnville receives funding from the Tennessee Governors Highway Safety Office to conduct saturation patrols.