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Police Step Up Patrols for Cinco de Mayo

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Police Step Up Patrols for Cinco de Mayo

CREATED May 5, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police across Middle Tennessee are increasing DUI patrols Monday due to Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports eight people died on state roads during the three day period last year.

Starting late Monday night, Metro police set up a sobriety checkpoint at Murfreesboro Pike near Donelson Pike. The extra officers were on the lookout for impaired or aggressive motorists. They were paid through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Some Mexican restaurants like Casa Fiesta in Antioch, also put policies in place to ensure customers get home safely.

“Each party only has two hours at a table to finish up, and people get a maximum of 3 drinks,” said Rashid Rashid, the General Manager of Casa Fiesta. “We keep an eye on customers and make sure they have something to eat. We want them to celebrate safely.”

Also, AAA is offering its free Tow to Go program again this year. Participating tow truck drivers will get you and your car home within a 10-mile radius, whether you have AAA or not.

For more information, visit: http://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx.