Police crack down on drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend


A three-day weekend has arrived in Tennessee, but while you celebrate, law enforcement will be out in force making sure you do so safely.  

Police departments across the state are conducting DUI checkpoints, hoping to stop tragedies like the death of Nick Townsend, who was killed in Portland back in 2015.

“The more police presence we have, the safer everybody is,” said Tanya Read, Nick’s mother. “Impaired driving wrecks are absolutely avoidable. My son should still be here.” 

Metro police operated a checkpoint Friday night on Lebanon Pike in Hermitage.  

Authorities said during last year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, between August 17th and September 3rd, there were more than 1,000 arrests statewide. During the same time-span though, there were also 96 injuries involving alcohol and four fatalities.  

Law enforcement agencies are acutely aware of how many people will be traveling, and the dangers that could follow.  

“Putting more officers on the street and by having more checkpoint saturation patrols,” said Tony Burnett, Law Enforcement Liaison with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. “Be safe. We just want everybody to arrive alive at their destination.” 

For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, click here.

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