The Rhea County Sheriff’s Department issued numerous citations and made arrests over the Labor Day weekend, funded in part through grants from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.
Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Aaron Loden said the sheriff’s department operated two checkpoints over the weekend, one on Highway 27 near Life Care Center of Rhea County and the other on Highway 60 near Dean Corvin Lane.
The checkpoints watched for signs of impaired and/or drunk driving, registration violations and other possible violations of state law. Loden said that one arrest was made for driving under the influence of an intoxicant, and one arrest was made for driving on a revoked license.
The checkpoints also monitored child safety restraints and Loden said that five child restraints were corrected, and in one instance the sheriff’s department was able to provide a booster seat for a child who did not have one.
Additionally, there were two misdemeanor citations for possession of marijuana, eight tickets written for vehicle registration violations, seven citations improper or non-functioning vehicle lights, five window tint violations and one citation for driving without vehicle insurance.
Loden said the department also cited two people for violation of the state’s open alcohol container law and one speeding citation.
The additional manpower and extended shifts involved in the enforcement effort were funded in part through state grants and partnership with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office [THSO.]
The sheriff’s department partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office [THSO] for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign. This initiative coincided with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired-driving enforcement nationwide.
“We’re stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community,” said Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal. “Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. If you’re out on the roads and you see someone driving drunk, please call us. You could help save a life.”
“Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Neal. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. That’s why, during the Labor Day holiday, we made zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses.”