Dalton's Operation Zero Tolerance Begins Friday

Friday, August 16, 2013

More people die in alcohol related crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day than during any other time of the year.  In an effort to reduce alcohol related crashes, the Dalton Police Department is joining with other area law enforcement agencies to participate in “Operation Zero Tolerance” starting Friday, August 16 until Monday, September 2.

Operation Zero Tolerance is Georgia's high visibility enforcement program that targets impaired drivers through concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The Georgia campaign coincides with the national “Over The Limit, Under Arrest” program.

Although state’s per se law for impairment is driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, drivers can still be stopped and charged with “less safe driving” if they exhibit dangerous driving behaviors while driving with a lower BAC.  Officers with the department are trained to detect and arrest less safe drivers bringing new meaning to the slogan, “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

Drivers should be aware of the consequences if they are caught operating a motor vehicle while impaired. With a first time conviction of driving under the influence the driver is subjected to possible imprisonment for up to one year, fines in excess of $1000, loss of driving privileges, and mandatory community service.

Help us make our roadways safer for everyone. If you are going to drink, you should designate a driver, take a cab, or phone a friend. These simple suggestions can save you from the dangers of impaired driving and also keep you from having to take a ride with us.



Highway Safety Office To Announce Traffic Safety Initiative For Thanksgiving Holiday

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will join the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and leaders from organizations that serve local law enforcement officers to announce a statewide traffic safety initiative during the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday morning.  The announcement will be made in the gym of the THP ... (click for more)

Santa Is Available For Pictures At Bradley Square Mall

Santa has arrived at Bradley Square Mall and is available for pictures daily through Christmas Eve.  Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. There will be extended hours Dec. 16-24. (click for more)

Lookout Mountain, Ga., Raises Sewer Rates; Joins In Kudzu Fight

The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Council on Thursday night approved an increase in sewer charges. The council approved ordinance 281 increasing sewer rates to $6 per 100 cubic feet of water from the previous rate of $4.77.  The new increase will be in effect in January 2015.    City Manager Brad Haven said the town will be replacing the flow meter for ... (click for more)

Police Investigating An Armed Robbery On Friday Night At UTC

UTC Police are investigating with the Chattanooga City Police an armed robbery in Lot 4 near Boling Apartments on Friday night. The suspects are described as two black men.  One was six feet tall, wearing a navy jacket, with medium skin tone and short hair.  The other suspect was reported to be 5’ 7”, wearing blue jeans and a long white T-shirt. The second suspect ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (6)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Tubman Goat-Roping

Every spring there comes a bright day on the ranch when the straw-boss decrees a goat-roping should take place. What really happens is the veteran cowboys arm the greenhorns with some lariats late in the afternoon and take them to the pen that holds some Billy goats. This is before they get into bigger beasts -- horses and cattle – yet what appears to be easy most certainly is not. ... (click for more)