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Crackdown on DUIs brings arrests in Smokies

July 26th, 2011 10:11 am by Staff Report

GATLINBURG (AP) — A two-week crackdown on impaired drivers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has brought seven DUI arrests and three dozen citations for other offenses.

The National Park Service says rangers operated two sobriety checkpoints and ran intensive patrols of park roads, looking for impaired drivers.

In one DUI arrest, rangers saw a driver throw out a beer can as he approached a checkpoint on the Foothills Parkway. There were two children under the age of 3 in the vehicle.

There also were three public intoxication charges and a variety of citations for open alcohol containers, underage alcohol possession and drug possession.

Funds for the saturation enforcement program came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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