Law enforcement to be out in force this evening
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Dec 31, 2013 | 718 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Revelers this evening should be aware that stricter enforcement and a high presence of law enforcement will be evident as New Year’s eve approaches.

Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, performing bar checks and increasing saturation patrols to help save lives.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police and Charleston Police are also planning on curbing drinking and driving as THP’s “No Refusal” campaign goes into full swing this evening.

BCSO Traffic Unit, Patrol Division, Special Operations, Criminal Investigations Division, and even administrators are planning to be out in various areas of the county not only watching for drivers who may violate driving laws, but in an effort to thwart other criminal activity.

Data hasn’t been released, but the STAR (Special Target Area Response) team performed duties during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods in an effort to cut down on burglaries and thefts, all the while watching out for distracted or drunk drivers as well as other traffic offenders.

“We will be out in force to help protect the motoring public during this festive holiday. It is our hope that citizens celebrate responsibly and don’t get behind the wheel after drinking. Drunk driving is the worst mistake you can ever make,” said Col. Tracy Trott of the THP.

Nine people were killed in eight fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways during last year’s 78-hour New Year’s Eve holiday period.

This special enforcement began Monday at 6 p.m. and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. New Year’s Day.

Sadly, Bradley County recorded its eighth traffic-related fatality of 2013 on Monday.

Randy Lewis Geren died after his vehicle left the roadway on Georgetown Road.

“Our efforts to save lives will continue into the early morning hours New Year’s and all day as well. But we won’t stop there. New Year’s is one of the most reveled holidays each year. We will be watching for those who might be drinking and driving as well as speeding and other infractions,” said Capt. W.G. Campbell of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

“In an instant, a poor decision can change lives. This year, our trends have changed and we are recording more fatal crashes in urban areas instead of rural routes, but we will be watching everywhere. Our goal is to make this a safe and happy New Year,” Campbell added.