Law enforcement steps up DUI patrols for St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:54pm

Local law enforcement officials are upping efforts against drunken driving this weekend because of anticipated intoxication during St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The Metro Nashville Police Department, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, will have a sobriety checkpoint set up off Lebanon Pike in the Hermitage area. Additional extra-duty officers, backed by a Governor’s Highway Safety Patrol grant, will be monitoring other areas of town.

A four-person MNPD team will comb downtown Nashville on Sunday evening.

“Drunken driving is the true stranger crime that is most likely to seriously injure or kill innocent persons,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “The stepped up enforcement efforts this weekend are designed to encourage driver responsibility and accountability while enhancing the safety of Nashville’s families and visitors.”

Anderson encouraged revelers to take advantage of the Davidson County Sheriff's Office sober ride program. Downtown partygoers can get a ride home to anywhere in Davidson County by stopping by Broadway and Third Avenue between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday night.