Monday, October 1, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Operation Nets Numerous Drunk Drivers In and Around Smokies

NPS Digest is reporting that over the Labor Day weekend, the Foothills Law Enforcement Coalition Against Impaired Driving conducted a campaign to combat drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sixty-five people were arrested and charged with DUI by the 13 participating agencies; six of those arrests were made by rangers within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rangers also issued 162 traffic citations, including 16 for possession of controlled substances. During the 18-day special operation, area law enforcement agencies conducted a series of saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the Smoky Mountain region. This coordinated effort was part of the statewide Labor Day “Booze It and Lose It” campaign coordinated by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, with funding support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition to the DUI arrests, more than 88 felony arrests were made, 25 fugitives captured, and nearly 2100 tickets issued by coalition officers for offenses that included reckless driving, seatbelt violations, and possession of a controlled substance.

Hiking Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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