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JCPD adds patrols for Cinco de Mayo weekend

• May 3, 2018 at 4:49 PM

The Johnson City Police Department will place additional officers on the streets this Cinco de Mayo weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. These high visibility patrols will be conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office “Booze It and Lose It” campaign.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is providing grant overtime funding for Johnson City officers to conduct these DUI enforcement patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from the road during this holiday weekend.

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

The JCPD’s DUI enforcement efforts have resulted in 32 DUI arrests over the last five years of Cinco de Mayo weekends. The Department also recorded seven impaired-driving crashes, four of which resulted in occupant injuries. Before celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year, make a choice between drinking OR driving. If you choose to drink, designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely. If you’re planning on driving, commit to not drinking.

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