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UCPD extends crackdown on drunk driving

UCPD extends crackdown on drunk driving

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:23 pm

The Union City Police Department has extended its drunk driving enforcement crackdown through the holiday season, with sobriety checkpoints scheduled for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The sobriety checkpoints will be conducted from 10 p.m. Wednesday through 3 a.m. Thursday as part of the police department’s participation in the campaign “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” The checkpoints will be located on West Reelfoot Avenue in the vicinity of County Marketplace, East Reelfoot Avenue in the vicinity of the National Guard armory and North Clover Street in the vicinity of the bypass. Union City police recommend designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include: • Plan head. Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person the car keys. • If you’re impaired, call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. • Use your community’s Sober Rides program, where available. • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement. • Wear a seat belt or use protective gear on a motorcycle, which is your best defense against an impaired driver. “Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk,” Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said. “It is deadly serious and against the law. Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers and towing fees instead of buying holiday presents for loved ones. “That’s not a great way to end the year.” Published in The Messenger 12.30.08

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