Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department wants to make the public aware the Governor Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Clarksville Police Department, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a team effort in Clarksville-Montgomery County conducting DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols, partially funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, on March 15th and 16th.
Nationwide, law enforcement agencies are planning saturation patrols and roadblocks to reduce injuries and fatalities due to impaired driving. In Clarksville-Montgomery County law enforcement will be on high alert and cracking down on drunk driving as part of the Governor Highway Safety Office’s “More Cops, More Stops” public safety campaign. In Clarksville-Montgomery County, there were almost 1,200 related crashes from 2008-2012
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 700 people were killed in the United States from 2006 to 2010 in crashes involving drunk drivers during Saint Patrick’s Day. In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes—one every 51 minutes.
Law enforcement’s recommendation is that if you plan on going out to celebrate on the St Patrick’s Day weekend and imbibe alcohol, select a designated driver. Keep in mind that the least intoxicated person shouldn’t be the consider a “Designated Driver”. Also, if you are hosting a gathering and alcohol is part of the festivities, do your best to help your guests be responsible and not operate a vehicle while impaired by taking their keys and helping them make arrangements to arrive at their destination safety.
Clarksville Police encourage the public to assist them and call 911 to report impaired drivers.
Enjoy St Patrick’s Day and keep the color of the day green and not turn it into an orange jumpsuit.