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THP plans saturated patrols
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Nashville Highway will be the focus of a multi-county crackdown as lawmen will be swarming the heavily traveled Midstate traffic artery in search of drunk and reckless drivers.
The announcement was made by Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgts. Billy Prater, Jon Officer, Rick Woodward, and Jimmy Jones, whose counties along Highway 70, known as Nashville Highway here, will be on board for the saturated patrol this Friday.
“This multi-agency, multi-county saturation is being conducted together with the Cannon, Rutherford, Warren, White and Van Buren County Sheriff’s Departments and the McMinnville and Woodbury Police Departments,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Billy Prater.
The targeted highway, U.S. 70S runs from State Highway 111 in White County to the intersection of US 41 in Murfreesboro, passing through Van Buren, Warren and Cannon counties.
“Officers will be diligent in observing for impaired drivers and those not wearing their seatbelts,” Prater said. “Overtime hours may be used to increase the number of troopers working this saturation.”
Sgt. Prater is the THP supervisor for Cannon and Warren counties; Sgt. Jones is the THP supervisor for White and Van Buren counties, which are in the Cookeville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Sgt. Officer and Sgt. Woodward are the THP supervisors for Rutherford County, which is in the Nashville THP District. All the commanding officers in the saturation, with the exception of Woodward, were Warren County residents at one time and were stationed here.