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The father of all saturated patrols
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McMinnville Police Department will be conducting a saturated patrol on Fathers Day weekend. The patrol will take place June 14-16.
“We are conducting more saturated patrols due to the increase of wrecks involving injuries. Not all of them included alcohol, but we feel it necessary to be more active during any holiday,” said Lt. Mark Mara.
The patrol team, comprised of highly motivated and trained officers, is a set of extra officers on the street at one time actively pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops when hazardous driving is observed.
All of the officers have basic standardized field sobriety testing. Some of the officers have advanced standardized field sobriety testing. An officer who is a drug recognition expert is on standby.
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 give 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.
Operation “Be A Survivor: Get A Designated Driver” has received funding from the Tennessee Governors Highway Safety Office.