Driver fatalities down significantly in Fayette County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Driver fatalities down significantly in Fayette County

Impaired driver fatalities in Fayette County decreased from 20 in 2006 to just four last year, and those number continue to go down.  Drivers beware: Officers in Fayette county are watching to see if you're breaking the law behind the wheel. 

"We're running an operation called 'Operation Safe 64.' which is a DUI enforcement effort where we are doing DUI saturations to get impaired drivers off the roadway, said Ray Garcia of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

Garcia and others were on hand Friday morning to kick off the summer-long 'Click-It or Ticket, Booze It or Lose It' driver safety campaign. 

Officers said because of this campaign, driver impaired fatalities in Fayette County are down.  

“I want to thank all the local law enforcement in Fayette County - it has been a tremendous team effort," said Fayette County Chief Deputy Tom Whitaker.

Fayette County officers have recently conducted sobriety and seat belt saturations.  Checkpoints, along with a brand new DUI enforcement unit, are all a part of their zero tolerance effort.

"We have three deputies now assigned to DUI enforcement who've had extensive advanced field sobriety training to work on getting impaired drivers off our roadways," Garcia said.

In fact, Fayette county's efforts are drawing state wide praise.   Fayette County officials have applied for continuing state grants to expand Fayette County's DUI program onto rural roads all over the county.

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