Police Crack Down on Drunk Drivers

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(Memphis)  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Memphis Police and Germantown Police are holding a series of DUI checkpoints Friday night.

Memphis Police will hold checkpoints from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at two locations: Poplar Ave. near Kirby and Summer Ave. near Waring.

From 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Memphis police officers working the checkpoint at Poplar and Kirby will be joined by officers from Germantown Police and Shelby County deputies.

Germantown officers and Shelby County deputies will then move down Poplar to set up a third checkpoint at West St. from 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Officers will check drivers for any signs of alcohol or drug intoxication. They will also check for other safety violations, including people driving without proof of insurance or without proper registration and driver’s licenses.

According to statistics released by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, 16,000 people are killed and another 305,000 are injured in drunk driving related incidents every year in the United States.

The checkpoints are funded by grants from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.