Lebanon police will be on guard for impaired drivers this weekend.
Police will be conducting high-visibility impaired driver countermeasures during this Thanksgiving weekend.
Officers will hold a checkpoint on Highway 109 on Friday and will also be conducting saturation patrols.
Police will be watching out for DUIs while enforcing traffic violations and other offenses.
Officers will be observing drivers who pass through the checkpoint and looking for signs of impairment.
“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 Chief Scott Bowen in a statement.
Police ask drivers that may be briefly held up by the checkpoint to please be patient and understanding.
“Those that may consider drinking or using drugs that impair their ability to drive should think twice,” according to police. “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 alcohol countermeasures was made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.