The Bradley County Sheriff Office’s Public Safety Unit conducted Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints in three locations within Bradley County on Friday from 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. They were held at Eureka Road at Lower River Road, Dalton Pike at Waterville Elementary School, and APD 40 at Benton Pike.
The five-hour operation produced (907) vehicles passing through the checkpoint and included five D.U.I. arrests, 22 citations, three fugitive arrests and narcotics seizures.
Sheriff Eric Watson said, “The sheriff’s office recognizes that Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Studies have proven that impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes, and a person has a 30 percent chance of being killed or injured by a driver under the influence. These checkpoints have proven to reduce these types of driving-related collisions by removing such drivers from roadways.”
A total of 43 officers assisted with the checkpoints from Tennessee Highway Safety Office, Benton Police Department, Crossville Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Safe kids, Signal Mountain Police Department, and Charleston Police Department.
Funding for the checkpoints was provided by a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, through the National Highway Safety Administration.