RHEA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT INCREASES IMPAIRED-DRIVING ENFORCEMENT AND SATURATION PATROLS LEADING UP TO INDEPENDACE DAY
DAYTON, TN – Rhea County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from June 25th, 2018 through July 5th, 2018, in efforts of keeping our roadways safe leading up to Independence Day Celebrations.
Rhea County Sheriff’s Department will be increase sobriety checkpoints along with high visibility saturation enforcement beginning June 26th, 2018 and continuing through the July 5th, 2018.
Sheriff Mike Neal stated “The hardest part of the job is making that house call and telling a family that their loved one is gone because someone chose to drink and drive. That’s why, we will show zero tolerance for impaired drivers on the road.
Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.
Sheriff Mike Neal stated “We ask everyone to please drive safely at all times and to be prepared for high traffic volumes on the highways and roadways during the upcoming Independence Day Holiday.” State and local law enforcement partners will be out in full force to secure Tennessee roadways. We want everyone to make it home safely, so please designate a sober driver.”
The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.
The THSO provides grant funding to support Rhea County Sheriff’s Department’s increased enforcement efforts during the June 25th – July 5th Enforcement Period.
For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.