Franklin, TN – Franklin’s growing community just got a little safer, except for drunk drivers. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office recently awarded Franklin Police $50,000 to use for anti-DUI initiatives including DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, and equipment.
In 2013, there were 6,699 known alcohol-related traffic crashes in Tennessee. Nationally, one in three traffic fatalities are a result of an alcohol-impaired-driving crash. “These deaths are preventable,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Driving impaired is not an error in judgment, it’s a choice. Impaired drivers who selfishly risk the safety of Franklin residents will be arrested, period.”
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Driving while impaired is a very serious offense, but I’m unsure increased checkpoints and saturation patrols are the answer.
How about better training officers in spotting intoxicated drivers on the road?