Police target DUIs

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Lebanon police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this weekend.

The department plans to conduct impaired driver counter-measures this weekend, including a DUI checkpoint Friday on Highway 70. 

Officers will be watching for DUIs while enforcing traffic violations and other offenses.

“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol or drug related crashes,” said Lt. Brent Willett in a statement.

Officers will be observing drivers and looking for signs of impairment in those who pass through the checkpoint. 

“We ask those citizens that may be briefly held up by the checkpoint to please be patient and understanding,” said Willett. “Those that may consider drinking or using drugs that impair their ability to drive should think about the potential consequences before they get behind the wheel. A DUI conviction carries jail time, heavy fines, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can and often does result in the loss of innocent lives.” 

Funding for these countermeasures was made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

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