Law enforcement agencies report successful joint effort

Law enforcement agencies report successful joint effort

Tennessee and Kentucky law enforcement agencies — including those from Union City and Obion County — joined forces Friday evening for a successful joint effort. The law enforcement agencies from the two neighboring states teamed up for “Hands Across the Border” traffic safety checkpoints at various locations near the Tennessee-Kentucky border. This year, Kentucky State Police troopers staged a safety checkpoint at the intersection of KY 166 and KY 239 near the state line in Fulton County, Ky., the KSP reported. Meanwhile, Tennessee authorities staged a similar checkpoint further down the highway near Union City. The goal of this collaborated effort was to crack down on impaired drivers who often travel between the two states on these roadways, according to the KSP. During this detail, the KSP inspected nearly 60 vehicles, issuing a total of 10 citations for various offenses. There were no DUI arrests but one individual was arrested for operating on a suspended/revoked license. “This is an opportunity for us to be proactive in rural areas by allowing the public to know that we are present in their communities and are committed to highway safety,” said KSP Post One spokesman Trooper Dean Patterson. In Kentucky, the public can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers by calling the KSP toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers should remember to get a good description of the vehicle and a license plate number if possible. All callers can remain anonymous. Published in The Messenger 6.2.08

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