Spring Hill Police to partner with Williamson Sheriff’s Department on enforcement


Spring Hill Police to partner with Williamson Sheriff’s Department on enforcement

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office plans to coordinate with the Spring Hill Police Department to increase personnel on sobriety roadside checkpoints.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office plans to coordinate with the Spring Hill Police Department to increase personnel on sobriety roadside checkpoints.

Sgt. George Poss of the Sheriff’s Department is coordinating two checkpoints this weekend in Williamson County, one along Highway 431 and another on Carothers Parkway.

“We’ve been working with Spring Hill’s traffic division to get together more enforcement down in their area,” Poss said. “We need as much help as possible getting the word out about these checkpoints because they are important deterrents.”

The Sheriff’s Department is legally required to give a minimum of three days’ notice when establishing roadside checkpoints. This weekend’s checkpoints were announced to the public through a department press release prior to Labor Day.

In addition to the sobriety checkpoints Friday and Saturday, the department will have extra deputies on patrol with the express duty of enforcing traffic laws. The extra man hours are funded by a $67,000 grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

“That grant helps us to pay for the equipment and for the overtime pay for the deputies so we can get out and strictly enforce [Driving Under the Influence] laws,” Poss said. “These checkpoints and extra coverage usually go for two hours at a time. [The sheriff’s department] is pursuing another grant right now.”

Although the checkpoints rarely result directly in arrests, Poss said that they do cut down on impaired driving.

“We seldom make any arrests at the checkpoints themselves, but they have a good impact,” Poss said. “Often we’ll find that there’s a sober driver with a passenger who’s been drinking. If we do happen to stop someone who [is impaired] and administer a field test, maybe other drivers see it and think, ‘That could be me. Let me make sure to get myself a designated driver.’ Our main purpose in all of this is to discourage drinking and driving.”

Poss noted that while the sobriety checkpoints yield few arrests, the extra deputies on patrol during the designated hours often spot traffic violations that will reveal impaired drivers.

“We can catch them for speeding, running a stop sign, or any moving offense,” Poss said. “And a lot of the time we end up getting a DUI out of it.”

Checkpoints are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations: Friday from 8 – 10 p.m. on US Highway 431, and on Saturday from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Carothers Parkway.

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @Greg_SHHP

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