Johnson City

Johnson City police add patrols for holiday weekend

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A long weekend means longer hours for some police officers in Johnson City.

Johnson City police received a grant to pay for officer overtime for the holiday weekend.

That grant was provided by the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.

Officer Alan Rutledge said us these patrols started Thursday and will run until Monday. He added the goal for the additional patrols are to be a deterrent rather than a punishment.

"Our hopes is that our high visibility and enforcing DUIs will keep drivers safe that are driving normally and keep DUI drivers off the road," Rutledge said.

He said police try to focus those patrols in areas of high traffic. In 2013, 16 people died in Tennessee crashes over Labor Day weekend.

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