Local drivers need to beware, as the Saturation Patrol kicked off in Macon County on Friday night, November 18th, with the Governors Highway Safety office joining forces with the Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Constables and the 15th Judicial Drug Task Force for an aggressive law enforcement campaign to apprehend impaired drivers, whether alcohol or drugs, and to enforce traffic safety rules, including the seat belt law.

“With the holiday season upon us once again,” said Law Enforcement Administrator Richard M. Holt, on Friday night, when he visited the Lafayette Police Department headquarters, “all local agencies will join in a wave of extra patrol and intensified enforcement to get impaired drivers off Tennessee roads, and crack down on speeding and seat belt use. This campaign is a combined message to help save more lives on our roads and to get the point across, that we will not tolerate drinking and driving.”

“With a large number of officers saturating the roads from 3 p.m. till 3 a.m., on specific dates here in Macon County,” noted the administrator, “we hope to cut back on the number of injuries and fatalities in Middle Tennessee. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is also conducting this campaign in West Tennessee and the Chattanooga region, saturating the roads with officers there as well.”

Commented Chief Amalfitano, “I am certainly proud of all the law enforcement officers who took part in the saturation patrol over the weekend. This is a joint effort between the LPD, MCSD, THP, Constables, Drug Task Force and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to try and deter any DUI violators, find anyone that is on the streets dealing in drugs and also to cut down on safety violations, including speeders and those not wearing their seat belts. This is a campaign that is used to help protect our citizens and young adult drivers, who are just starting to get behind the wheel. And as the Administrator said, the whole purpose of this program is to keep fatalities from happening.”

“We have joined forces in this campaign,” said Sheriff Mark Gammons, “and we will be beefing up the patrol against DUI and drug offenders in the coming months.”

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Tennessee Highway Patrol has scheduled these checkpoints for November and December.  This schedule covers Macon and Trousdale Counties and also includes scheduled saturations in each county:

 

November 11, 2011

Trousdale County Drivers License Checkpoint (Highway 141 South at the River Bridge) - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

November 17, 2011

Macon County Drivers License Checkpoint (Sneed Blvd. at Main Street) – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Macon County Drivers License Checkpoint (Siloam Church Rd. at West Stinson Rd.) – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

November 24, 2011

Trousdale County – Saturation (All Roads)

November 25, 2011

Macon County Sobriety Checkpoint (Hwy 52 at White Rd.) – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Macon County Sobriety Checkpoint (Hwy 52 at Brown Rd.) – 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

November 26, 2011

Trousdale County – Saturation (All Roads)

November 27, 2011

Macon County – Saturation (All Roads)

December 2, 2011

Macon County Drivers License Checkpoint (Hwy 261 at Corinth Church) – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Trousdale County Sobriety Checkpoint (Hwy 52 at TVA) – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Trousdale County Sobriety Checkpoint (Hwy 25 at Rocky Creek Loop) – 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

December 23, 2011

Macon County Drivers License Checkpoint (Sneed Blvd. at Main Street) – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

December 24, 2011

Trousdale County – Saturation (All Roads)

December 30, 2011

Macon County – Saturation (All Roads)

December 31, 2011

Trousdale County – Saturation (All Roads)