JCPD increasing patrols for Memorial Day weekend

Johnson City Press • May 28, 2016 at 11:02 AM

While Memorial Day added an extra day off to most people’s weekend, the Johnson City Police Department is adding extra patrols from May 27 to May 30. 

According to a press release, additional officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers with the goal to remove impaired drivers from roadways during the busy holiday weekend. 

Data from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security showed eight people died in Tennessee crashes during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend, but occurred in Johnson City. 

Three people were arrested for driving under the influence, which tied the number for the previous year’s holiday weekend.

Police want to remind drivers that even if their blood alcohol level is below .08, it can lead to an arrest for impaired driving. 

The JCPD will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Patrol during the weekend. 

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