Chattanooga police increase patrols around Labor Day holiday

Chattanooga police increase patrols around Labor Day holiday

August 17th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

The Chattanooga Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase impaired-driving enforcement surrounding the Labor Day holiday, from Aug. 17 to Sept. 2.

Chattanooga police will increase regular patrols through THSO grant-funded overtime, deliberately placing dozens of officers on the roadways looking for impaired drivers. 

"We want everyone to enjoy the final days of summer and the holiday weekend with family and friends, and to return home safely," Chattanooga police Sgt. Justin Kilgore said in a statement. "CPD and our law enforcement partners in the area are working together to prevent crashes and save lives." 

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries and fatalities this year.