This Thanksgiving weekend, the Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures, or sobriety checkpoints, on Highway 70 on Friday, Nov. 25.
Police Chief Scott Bowen said the checkpoints will be utilized to monitoring for impaired drivers while also enforcing traffic violations and other offenses. The primary reason for these checkpoints is that they are proven to save lives.
The department asks that law abiding citizens who may be briefly held up by the checkpoints to please be patient and understanding. On the other hand, those who may consider driving and driving should think twice.
A Driving under the Influence conviction can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can result in the loss of innocent lives.
During last years Thanksgiving holiday eight vehicle crashes occurred, resulting in two injured individuals. Neither of these crashes was alcohol related. In addition, two DUI arrests were made during that holiday weekend.
Bowen noted that his agency has investigated two crashes, in two years, involving three fatalities, in which alcohol was a factor. He asked that all drivers buckle up and please dont drink and drive. The department wishes all citizens and visitors to have a safe and happy holiday.