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Hamilton County, Chattanooga police get DUI grant money

"We go everywhere," says a captain with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office referencing law enforcers' reach when pursuing suspected drunk drivers on Tennessee roads.

That statement regarding the aggressive manner in which DUI is prosecuted in the state reveals -- as we duly note on our criminal defense website at the Chattanooga Law Office of Sam Byrd -- that, "Clearly, DUI/DWI is a serious charge that requires equally serious and aggressive legal representation."

Ample evidence of that is routinely supplied, with recent news reinforcing the point.

To wit: Reportedly, the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office are each slated to receive a chunk of federal funding to be used toward DUI-enforcement efforts on local and regional roadways. The former entity is receiving federal aid in the amount of $75,000 to be used by the department next year. The sheriff's office will receive close to $85,000. Both grants spell repeat funding for the enforcement agencies.

The stated uses toward which the influx of funds will be applied are multiple, with more overtime pay for deputies being prominently emphasized. The added pool of money, states a recent media account, will help "to saturate roadways [with squad cars] during peak times."

Enhanced training for officers will also be a priority, as will be the procurement of new supplies and tools, such as portable breathalyzers and new radar units.

And there is this, too: Police are looking at a new camera that records the eyes of alleged inebriated drivers. One CPD official says that videotape from the camera will be admissible as evidence in court.

The efforts of law enforcers to spot and aggressively prosecute drivers suspected of drunk driving are persistent and serious across Tennessee.

That makes a timely and strong response from a proven DUI defense attorney an imperative for any motorist accused of behind-the-wheel criminal activity.

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