Multiple Sobriety Checkpoints and Increased Patrol Planned for Rutherford County Area on Thursday

Mar 14, 2022 at 04:42 pm by WGNS

The Murfreesboro Police Department reminds motorists to not test their luck on St. Patrick’s Day by drinking and driving.

Rutherford County Safety Task Force officers will place extra emphasis on keeping drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol during St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday (03/17/22), said Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Shawn Boyd.

“We are trying to keep the roadways safe and make sure people don’t drink and drive,” Boyd said.

In LaVergne, police officers will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Thursday from 10:00 p.m. until midnight in the 5000 block of Murfreesboro Road. Prior to setting up the checkpoint at 10 p.m., LaVergne Police officers will be working a moving Alcohol Saturation Patrol (ASP) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The moving patrol will involve patrol cars driving throughout the city in search of spotting drunk drivers or those driving under the influence of drugs.

Accident Statistics in Rutherford County

In Rutherford County, there have been 5-fatal accidents this year (between January 1, 2022 and March 14, 2022). That number is unchanged when compared to the first 3-months of 2021, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Last year (2021), there were 227 accidents reported in Rutherford County. Out of that number, 75-accidents involved alcohol or drugs and 10 of the 75 accidents were recorded as fatalities.

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Drunk Driving and Sobriety Checkpoints - Continued...

Just over the Rutherford County line and into Davidson County, Nashville Traffic Division officers and THP State Troopers will be staffing a sobriety checkpoint on Murfreesboro Pike near the Nashville International Airport this Thursday. The measure is part of the Nashville's effort to enhance traffic safety in recognition that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and parties that often involve excessive drinking.

Additional officers on duty will be working through a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

Accident Statistics in Davidson County

In Davidson County, there were a total of 626 accidents in 2021, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. 133 of those accidents involved alcohol or drugs and 56 of the 133 drug or alcohol related accidents were fatalities in Davidson County, TN. 


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