JCPD boosting patrol force this weekend

Additional Johnson City police officers will patrol the streets this St. Patrick's Day weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers, the department said in a news release. 

The "saturation patrols" will be conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office's Booze It & Lose It campaign. The THSO is providing a grant to cover the overtime funding needed for the JCPD to conduct these patrols and remove impaired drivers from the streets, the release said. 

Over the past five years, the JCPD's intensified DUI enforcement efforts have resulted in 31 DUI arrests on St. Patrick's Day holiday weekends. The arrests are in addition to 18 impaired-driving crashes which included seven occupant injuries, according to the department.

The JCPD reminds everyone that buzzed driving is drunk driving.  Getting behind the wheel after even just one too many drinks can lead to disaster.  Although Tennessee’s legal blood alcohol concentration limit is .08, even a slight alcoholic “buzz” that’s well below legal limits can be unsafe for drivers and can lead to their arrest for impaired driving.

 The JCPD would like to encourage everyone to drink responsibly and to designate a sober driver if they plan to consume alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. 


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