Shelby Co. Deputies To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints

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(Memphis) Starting around 8:30 p.m. Friday, Shelby County and DeSoto County Sheriff's deputies will make sure each driver is OK to drive.

They will be set up at the intersections of Stateline Road and Hacks Cross and Stateline Road and Riverdale.

"It's an awareness campaign to let people know, drinking while intoxicated is not a good thing and be safe," said Chip Washington with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

It's part of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Highway Patrol's push to make Tennessee roads safer.

But if the checkpoints are released ahead of time are they effective?

Washington says yes, "This is not a gotcha situation."

Washington tells News Channel 3, the state mandates the checkpoints are released.

These two locations were chosen because of a history of DUI arrests.

"You see the billboards on the interstate that talk about the stats and how many people have died on highways," said Washington.

Last year, more than one thousand people died on Tennessee roads.

Right now its not known, how many of those deaths are alcohol related.

We do know, just a few years ago, alcohol was involved in nearly a third of the deadly crashes in the state.

Washington hopes Friday's checkpoints remind everyone that law enforcements does not play when it comes to drinking and driving, "When they see law enforcement in the streets, doing actual checkpoints, hopefully it will take it home."