Dayton, TN – Rhea County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints during the month of February. Checkpoints will be conducted on state and county secondary roads throughout the county.
The Sheriff’s Department will focus their efforts on Alcohol and Traffic Enforcement targeting alcohol and speed violations. Deputies will conduct highly visible saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. To ensure the safety of the motoring public, the sheriff’s department will be enforcing a Zero Tolerance Policy on speeding, drunk and impaired driving, and seat belt violations.
“We want everyone to be safe on our roadways. If you are going to drink, don’t drive. Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted throughout Rhea County”, said Sheriff Mike Neal. In addition to sobriety checkpoints deputies will conduct highly visible saturation patrols in efforts to maintain the safety of our roadways and communities.
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.
The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug, and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.
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