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Saturation patrol deemed success
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It was a successful saturation patrol for the Memorial Day weekend, according to McMinnville Police Department Lt. Mark Mara.
“We held a saturation patrol on Friday night,” Mara said. “During Friday night’s saturation patrol, we issued eight seatbelt violation tickets and two speeding tickets and gave out two ice cream coupons for younger passengers who were properly restrained.”
Over the weekend, the department arrested one individual for driving under the influence.
“We made quite a few traffic stops in hopes of getting impaired drivers and it works,” said Mara. “Saturation patrols work. It deters people from being impaired while driving. We are getting impaired drivers off the road. We had no accidents related to impaired driving during the saturated patrol, which is great.”
Mara adds, “We want to thank those citizens who buckled up and made sure their passengers were properly restrained as well as McMinnville’s Dairy Queen for providing us with ice cream coupons to hand out to individuals who had their passengers properly restrained.”
Operation “Be A Survivor: Get A Designated Driver” receives funding from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.