Metro police step up DUI patrol on Super Bowl Sunday

Metro police step up DUI patrol on Super Bowl Sunday (Image 1)

In order to crack down on drinking and driving this Super Bowl Sunday, authorities have set up checkpoints across Middle Tennessee.

There will be an increased presence of officers in downtown Nashville with scattered checkpoints in La Vergne, Greenville and Clarksville.

Hendersonville resident Josie Golden lost her daughter, Christina Keaton, in 2006 after she got into a car with a drunk driver.

“The passenger side of the car hit the side of the school bus, killing my daughter, who was in the front passenger seat, and the boy that was sitting beside her,” Golden said.

The mourning mother now shares her loss with others hoping it will help save lives.

“When we get out there and we drink, we don't think about how our lives, and what we're doing, will affect other people. We're only thinking about ourselves,” Golden said.

It is stories like Golden's that have law enforcement stepping up patrols on Super Bowl Sunday.

“It has become a party for 48 consecutive years, and people do drink, and you've got to make sure you give those keys to someone sober,” stated Don MacLachlan, the Executive Vice President of the Tennessee Titans.

He continued, “It's the stupidity of someone that would go out there and not even think about the passengers that they have with them, that they might be endangering their lives or the lives of others.”

MacLachlan added that one fatality is too many, which is why the officers will be out on the streets trying to keep residents more safe.

In 2013, one person in Tennessee died from a DUI related accident.

This year, law enforcement would like that number to be zero.

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