If Cinco de Mayo plans include margaritas, driving could be muy mal.
The Wilson County sheriff's deputies and Lebanon police plan DUI checkpoints during the weekend.
Sheriff Robert Bryan said deputies will conduct DUI checkpoints Friday from 10 p.m. until Saturday at 2 a.m. in the Highway 231 South area, Carthage Highway and Highway 109
Lebanon officers will conduct high-visibility, impaired-driver counter measures during Cinco de Mayo weekend as well. Lt. Brent Willett said officers will also be out in force to make sure everyone celebrates safely.
"We're planning checkpoints on Highway 70 and/or Highway 231 on Friday," he said. "In addition, we'll be conducting saturation patrols. We'll be monitoring for DUIs while enforcing traffic violations and other offenses."
Willett said such checkpoints work, and he hopes drivers will be patient during the process.
"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," he said. "Officers will be observing drivers who pass through the checkpoints looking for signs of impairment. We ask those citizens that may be briefly held up by the checkpoints to please be patient and understanding. Those that may consider drinking or using drugs that impair their ability to drive should think twice."
Willett reminded drivers 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 lives.
Funding for the checkpoints is made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.