Most Tennessee motorists in Hamilton County and across the state routinely get behind the wheel with due awareness that their driving is being closely assessed at any given moment by police officers or troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. That close scrutiny is always there, of course, with weekends often signaling periods of heightened enforcement vigilance.
Here's a caveat regarding that: not all weekends are equal.
Take the one that is presently upon us.
The annual Labor Day Weekend is essentially a huge late-summer party across most of the country, Tennessee included.
It is also a condensed period during which a ramped-up police presence on roads and highways across the state is in firm evidence.
Our readers and the general public need to take note of that. Although beefed-up enforcement is a yearly occurrence at this time, some drivers reasonably underestimate just how serious the annual DUI campaign is in its efforts to arrest and convict motorists on drinking-related criminal charges.
As noted in one local media publication, The Chattanooga Police Department will be partnering with federal officials -- just as it has done in prior years -- in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative. That combined stop-arrest-convict effort will run through Monday.
Individuals facing DUI charges in Tennessee will want to secure timely, knowledgeable and aggressive defense representation, given that -- as we note on a relevant page of our website at the Chattanooga Law Office of Sam Byrd -- "drunk driving is among the most aggressively prosecuted crimes" in the state.
Being proactive is important in a DUI defense case. A proven attorney with a deep well of experience representing individuals facing drunk driving charges can explain why and implement strategies geared toward mitigating the downsides to the fullest extent possible.