|Published: 10:55 PM, 09/28/2012
||Last updated: 11:00 PM, 09/28/2012
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
The Foothills Law Enforcement Coalition against Impaired
Driving has completed compiling their statistics for their unified efforts
during the Labor Day campaign to combat Driving Under the Influence of alcohol
or drugs. In all, 65 persons were
arrested and charged with DUI by the 13 Coalition agencies in Cocke, Sevier,
and Blount Counties.
During the 18-day special operational period, area law
enforcement agencies conducted a series of saturation patrols and sobriety
checkpoints throughout the Smoky Mountain region. This coordinated effort was
part of the statewide Labor Day "Booze It and Lose It" campaign coordinated by
the Governor's Highway Safety Office, with funding support from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In addition to the DUI arrests, more than 88 felony arrests were made,
25 fugitives captured, and nearly 2100 tickets issued by Coalition officers for
offenses including reckless driving, seatbelt violations, and possession of a
"More than five dozen impaired drivers taken off our
streets demonstrates the effectiveness of a seamless law enforcement community
working together on a common problem," said Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp.
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