Labor Day weekend’s saturation patrol by McMinnville Police Department netted one individual driving under the influence.
“We did make one DUI arrest,” said McMinnville Police Department Lt. Mark Mara. “We made 11 traffic stops. During five of those 11 stops, warnings were given. Like I’ve said before, saturation patrols are not about giving tickets. The patrols are about locating intoxicated drivers and removing them from the roads, making the roads safer for everyone. In order to do that, we have to make traffic stops.”
There were no motor vehicle accidents related to driving under the influence in the city of McMinnville during the department’s saturation patrol.
“Everything went well during the patrol,” said Mara. “We didn’t have any accidents related to driving under the influence, which is really important. We also had the bike patrol working residential areas and business parking lots looking for juveniles who were participating in underage drinking. None were found, which was good.”
The department purchased two mountain bicycles in early 2012 after retiring its Segway. Officers are trained and assigned to use the bicycles, which are transported on racks hooked to the back of their patrol cars. The bicycles are used to patrol city-owned parks and community events, such as Smokin’ in McMinnville and the city’s Fourth of July activities.
Operation “Be a Survivor: Get a Designated Driver” by McMinnville Police Department receives funding from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.