DUI Checkpoints in Tennessee

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CountyCityCheckpoint LocationTime
KnoxSR 168 (Gov John Sevier Hwy) @ French RdFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
CampbellUS 25 W @ Dog Creek LaneFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
SevierSR 139 @ Amanda LaneFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
HamiltonRossville Blvd @ TN/GA LineFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
MarionS.R 283 @ S.R 27 Red LightFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
BradleyHarrison Pike @ White Oak RdFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
CoffeeWattendorf Mem. Hwy @ Decherd HwyFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
MeigsTN-30 @ River BridgeFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
Montgomeryhwy 41a/ State lineFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
HaywoodS.R. 179 (west of) Sonny FletcherFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
ShelbyS.R. 179 (west of) Sonny FletcherFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
TiptonS.R. 54 W/O Hatchie River Bridge - DL checking OnlyFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
UNIONSr. 61 @ STATE ROUTE 131Friday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
CLAIBORNEDL checking - LONE MOUNTAIN ROAD NEAR RIDDLE LANEFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
SULLIVANsr. 347 @ WALKERS FORK CHURCHFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
PutnamHwy 136 @ Bangham Community CenterFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
CannonSr. 53 @ 0.1 mile south of MM 1Friday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
Wayne Co.S.R. 114 @ 0 mm (Hardin County Line)Friday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
HenryUS 79 @ Steele RdFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
DyerSR 78 (15 miles north of 13MM)Friday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
HendersonS.R. 104 @ 18MMFriday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
HendersonS.R. 22A @ 7 MM (Palestine Church)Friday 24 May 2024 - Memorial Day Weekend
RobertsonAccording to LocationHighway 25 near I-65 in Robertson CountyApril 20, 2024, 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM
RobertsonAccording to LocationSobriety Checkpoint - intersection of Highway 31W and New Hall RoadApril 19, 2024, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
GreeneMosheimsobriety roadside safety checkpoint - U.S. 11E at Pizza Plus in MosheimApril 19th, 2024
MonroeAccording to LocationSR 322 @ SR 72April 19, 2024
KnoxAccording to LocationCherokee Trail @ Cherokee Bluff DriveApril 19, 2024
CampbellAccording to LocationTowe String Road @ Muscle Max/.01 Mile South of Lawson LaneApril 19, 2024
MorganAccording to LocationUS 27 @ Gobey RoadApril 5, 2024
KnoxAccording to LocationS.R. 61 (East Emory Road) @ Washington PikeApril 5, 2024
AndersonAccording to LocationEast Wolf Valley Road @ Wolf Valley Baptist ChurchApril 5, 2024
FentressAs per HighwayCheckpoints may be located on Highway 127, Highway 62, and Highway 85.6 PM to 2 AM on Friday March 15, 2024
MadisonJacksonSobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint - Riverside Drive in Madison County11 PM Friday March 15, 2024
CrockettComing SoonDL Checkpoint – State Route 54Friday, March 1, 2024
ShelbyMemphisTn-205 and Brunswick Rd - Nearby North Of Paul Barret PkwySaturday, February 24, 2024
RoaneRockwoodUs-27 and Us-70Saturday, February 24, 2024
GreeneGreenevilleTn-93 - Area Mile Marker 7 Near Old Lanes MarketFriday, February 23, 2024
FayetteArlingtonUs-70/79 - Area West Of Mary Alice DrFriday, February 23, 2024
CampbellLa FolletteSobriety checkpoint located on US 25 W at Tennessee Avenue/Lobortini Bridge in Campbell County.Friday, February 23, 2024
CoffeeArnold AfbSobriety checkpoint situated on Wattendorf Memorial Hwy at Decherd Hwy in Coffee County.Friday, February 23, 2024
CheathamAshland CityDUI checkpoint positioned on Hwy 49W/Bluff Creek Rd in Cheatham County.Friday, February 23, 2024
ShelbyDriver's license checkpoint on U.S. 70/79 at Tdot west of Mary Alice Dr in Shelby County.Friday, February 23, 2024
UNIONMaynardvilleSobriety checkpoint found on Sr. 33 at Sr. 61 in Union County.Friday, February 23, 2024
PutnamCookevilleSobriety checkpoint located on Hwy 290 at Cumby Road in Putnam County.Friday, February 23, 2024
MarshallLewisburgSobriety checkpoint positioned on St. Rt. 50 at 0 M.M. in Marshall County.Friday, February 23, 2024
LakeWynnburgTN-78 and Upper Wynnburg Rd: Intersection of TN-78 and Upper Wynnburg Road.Friday February 16, 2024
DecaturParsonsTN-69 - Area Mile Marker 33 - Cub Creek: Along TN-69 near Mile Marker 33, in the vicinity of Cub Creek.Friday February 16, 2024
DecaturBath SpringsTN-114 and TN-202 - Area Bath Springs Community Center: Near the Bath Springs Community Center, at the junction of TN-114 and TN-202.Friday February 16, 2024
DekalbSmithvilleTN-56 - Area Mile Marker 12: Around Mile Marker 12 on TN-56.Friday February 16, 2024
MauryColumbiaTN-7 - Area Knob Creek Rd North Of Columbia: North of Columbia, along Knob Creek Road near TN-7.Friday February 16, 2024
SullivanKingsportTN-36 - Area US-11W Underpass: Near the underpass of US-11W, in the area of TN-36.Friday February 16, 2024
LauderdaleHallsTN-210 - Area Lauderdale / Dyer County Line: Around the Lauderdale/Dyer County Line, accessible via TN-210.Friday February 16, 2024
MonroeVonoreTN-72 and TN-322 - Area American Self Storage: In the vicinity of American Self Storage, at the junction of TN-72 and TN-322.Friday February 16, 2024
KnoxKnoxvilleCherokee Trail and Cherokee Bluff Dr - Area East Of US-129 Past UT Medical Center: Located east of US-129, past the UT Medical Center, at Cherokee Trail and Cherokee Bluff Drive intersection.Friday February 16, 2024
HamiltonChattanoogaTN 283 And TN 27 - Nearby Stop & Go Food MartFriday February 16, 2024
CumberlandCrossvilleSobriety Checkpoint - Peavine Road CrossvilleFrom 6 PM to 2 AM on Friday February 16, 2024
CumberlandCrossvilleSobriety Checkpoint - Lantana Road CrossvilleFrom 6 PM to 2 AM on Friday February 16, 2024
CumberlandCrossvilleSobriety Checkpoint - Highway 70 N CrossvilleFrom 6 PM to 2 AM on Friday February 16, 2024
DyerDyersburgIntersection of TN-210 and Main St - South of DyersburgSunday February 11, 2024 Super Bowl 2024
WeakleyGreenfieldUS-45 - Gibson/Weakley County Line AreaSunday February 11, 2024 Super Bowl 2024
CarterWataugaTN-400 / Watauga Rd - North of Watauga City LimitsSunday February 11, 2024 Super Bowl 2024
BradleyClevelandIntersection of TN-58 and TN-60 - Near Georgetown by Phillips 66Sunday February 11, 2024 Super Bowl 2024
RutherfordMurfreesboroIntersection of US-41 / US-70 S and Florence Rd - Near Roselawn Funeral HomeSunday February 11, 2024 Super Bowl 2024
RutherfordSmyrnaSobriety Checkpoint for Super Bowl Sunday Near Smyrna City Limits By Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers.Sunday, February 11, 2024
RutherfordMurfreesboroOutskirts of the Murfreesboro City Limits, near Roselawn Cemetery on U.S. Highway 41 / 70, commonly known as the New Nashville Highway Near the intersection of Florence RoadSunday, February 11, 2024
HamiltonSoddy DaisySequoyah Access and Dallas Hollow - Area Dollar GeneralFriday, February 9, 2024
CoffeeArnold AfbTennessee State Route 41 - Area Aedc RdFriday, February 9, 2024
BradleyClevelandA P D-40 - Area Benton PikeFriday, February 9, 2024
WarrenMc MinnvilleTennessee State Route 8 - Area West Of Mc MinnvilleFriday, February 9, 2024
JeffersonDandridgeSR 92, two miles North of Mossy Point WayFriday, February 9, 2024
GreeneGreenevilleDUI Checkpoint - TN State Rt. 340 (Fish Hatchery Road) in Greene CountyFriday, February 9, 2024
MarionJasperDL Checkpoint - Valley View Hwy and Coppinger Cove Rd - Area North Of JasperTonight Friday February 2, 2024
PolkOcoeeSobriety Checkpoint - Old Federal Rd and Old Fort Rd - Area Blue Ridge Temple Baptist ChurchTonight Friday February 2, 2024
LauderdaleRipleySobriety Checkpoint - S.R. 209 (.4 mile n. of) William Switch RdTonight Friday February 2, 2024
KnoxKnoxvilleSR 33 (Maryville Pike) at Mt Olive Baptist Church South - 2500 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920Friday February 2 2024
KnoxKnoxvilleNorthshore Dr - Area West Of Concord Rd - Concord ParkFriday January 26, 2024
HamiltonHamiltonSobriety Checkpoint - Highway 58 @State Route 60Friday January 26, 2024
BradleyClevelandSobriety Checkpoint - South Lee Highway @ APD 40Friday January 26, 2024
MeigsGeorgetownSobriety Checkpoint - Highway 60 @ Hwy 58Friday January 26, 2024
DavidsonNashvilleSobriety Checkpoint - Hwy 41 airport overpassFriday January 26, 2024
GraingerBlaineSobriety Checkpoint - US HIGHWAY 11-W NEAR MILE MARKER 1Friday January 26, 2024
WhiteSpartaSobriety Checkpoint - US 70 MM @ MM 0Friday January 26, 2024
MaconMaconSobriety Checkpoint - Hwy 52 @ 8 MMFriday January 26, 2024
PutnamCookevilleSobriety Checkpoint - SR HWY 135 (S. WILLOW AVE) @ 7MMFriday January 26, 2024
LincolnFayettevilleSobriety Checkpoint - S.R. 50 at the 15.8 mmFriday January 26, 2024
HardinCrumpSobriety Checkpoint - SR 22, North of Hagy LaneFriday January 26, 2024
CampbellLaFolletteSobriety Checkpoint - Demory Road @ White Bridge - Demory Rd, LaFollette, TN 37766Tonight Friday January 19, 2024
MonroeMemphisSobriety Checkpoint - SR 322 - Oak Grove Road Rd, Memphis, TN 38120Tonight Friday January 19, 2024
MarionJasperSobriety Checkpoint - Highway 28 - Mj Moss Loop, Jasper, TN 37347Tonight Friday January 19, 2024
CoffeeDecherdSobriety Checkpoint - U.S. Route 41 Aedc Rd Decherd, TN 37324Tonight Friday January 19, 2024
LauderdaleLauderdaleSeat Belet Checkpoint - S.R. 88, 33 tenths W. of Crockett Co LineTonight Friday January 19, 2024
JeffersonDandridgeDUI Checkpoint - US Hwy 25/70 NEAR CLINE ROAD Dandridge, TN 37725Tonight Friday January 19, 2024
CarterElizabethtonDUI Checkpoint - Near East Side Free Will Baptist 704 Siam Rd, Elizabethton, TN 37643Tonight Friday January 19, 2024
HawkinsHawkinsDUI Checkpoint - STATE ROUTE 66 NEAR THE ROCK CUTTonight Friday January 19, 2024
CumberlandCumberlandDUI Checkpoint - US HIGHWAY 127N @ 26MMTonight Friday January 19, 2024
McMinnEtowahSobriety Checkpoint State Route 163 (SR 163) @ County Road 850, Etowah, TN 37331Monday January 15, 2024
FentressClarkrangeMartha Washington Rd, Clarkrange, TN 38553Friday January 12, 2024
BedfordShelbyvilleTennessee State Route 64 - Wartrace Pike Near Area East Of Mile Marker 15Friday January 12, 2024
PutnamBloomington SpringsTn-56 - Area JacksonFriday January 12, 2024
SmithCarthageDrivers License Check Area Mile Marker 2Friday January 12, 2024
SullivanBlountvilleTn-394 - Red Bud Ln, Blountville, TN 37617Friday January 12, 2024
MarionJasperNear Marion County Park 9696 US-41, Jasper, TN 37347Friday January 12, 2024
KnoxKnoxvilleSobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints - Oak Ridge Hwy & Karns Valley Dr Karns, TN 37931.Friday January 12, 2024
RobertsonRidgetopSobriety Checkpoint - US Highway 41 at the Ridgetop city LimitFrom 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Friday January 12, 2024
SevierKodakSobriety Checkpoints - SR 139 @ Amanda LaneFriday January 5, 2024
HamiltonChattanoogaSobriety Checkpoints - Lindberg Ave - Area Rossville Boulevard I-24Friday January 5, 2024
PolkOldfortSobriety Checkpoints - Old Federal Road @ Old FortFriday January 5, 2024
CoffeeArnold AfbSobriety Checkpoints - Wattendorf Memorial Hwy @ DecherdFriday January 5, 2024
WarrenMc MinnvilleSobriety Checkpoints - Sr 30 @ Sr 127Friday January 5, 2024
MooreLynchburgSobriety Checkpoints - U.S. Hwy 41A N. of Moore/Coffee Co. LineFriday January 5, 2024
Coffee and FranklinArnold AFBSobriety Checkpoint - Wattendorf Memorial Hwy at Decherd Hwy Arnold AFB, TN 37342From 7 PM Friday 5 Jan 2024
RobertsonCross PlainsTn-25 - Area Interstate 65From 9 PM To 11 PM - Week Of Friday Dec 29, 2024
UnionMaynardvilleTN-61 & TN-33 Tennessee 37807Sunday, Dec. 31 2023 New Year's Holiday Weekend 2024
McminnAthensTn-30 and Denso Dr - Area Speedway GasSunday, Dec. 31 2023 New Year's Holiday Weekend 2024
CoffeeManchesterUs-41 and Blanton Chapel Rd - Area West Of Manchester By Forty One MarketSunday, Dec. 31 2023 New Year's Holiday Weekend 2024
HamiltonChattanoogaApison Pike and Old Lee Hwy - Area Shell GasSunday, Dec. 31 2023 New Year's Holiday Weekend 2024
KnoxKnoxvilleCherokee Trail and Cherokee Bluff Dr - Area East Of Us-129 Past U T Medical CenterSunday, Dec. 31 2023 New Year's Holiday Weekend 2024
DavidsonNashvilleNear Area West End Avenue (US 70S) - Nashville, TennesseeSunday, Dec. 31 2023 New Year's Holiday Weekend 2024
DavidsonNashvilleSobriety Checkpoint on West End Avenue Nashville by Metro Nashville Police Department and Tennessee Highway PatrolSunday, Dec. 31 2023 New Year's Holiday Weekend 2024
FranklinTullahomaOld Tullahoma Rd. (Hwy 130) in the area of North Lake Elementary6 PM to 3 AM Sun Dec 31st, 2023 New Year's Eve
FranklinTennesseeHwy 127 (AEDC Rd.) at Monroe Floyd Rd6 PM to 3 AM Sun Dec 31st, 2023 New Year's Eve
FranklinFranklinHwy 41-A and the Hwy 156 Intersection6 PM to 3 AM Sun Dec 31st, 2023 New Year's Eve
WilliamsonFranklinCarothers Parkway near Cool Springs Boulevard - Franklin, TN 37067-6300Today Night 10 Pm- Saturday, December 30, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
SumnerHendersonvilleDui Checkpoint - Area On New Shackle Island Rd, Within The CityToday Night- Saturday, December 30, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
RobertsonCross PlainsTn-25 - Area Interstate 65From 9 PM to 11 PM - Week Of Fri Dec 29, 2023
PutnamCookevilleTennessee Ave - Area North Of Interstate 40Friday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
MaconLafayetteTn-52 - Area Mile Marker 8Friday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
GreeneGreenevilleUs-11 E - Area Old Yellow Freight TerminalFriday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
RheaSpring CityArea - Rhea Near Roan Co LineFriday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
CoffeeArnold AfbBettendorf Memorial Highway and Decherd Hwy - Area South Of I-24 By Fitness CenterFriday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
HamiltonChattanoogaUs-41 / Cummings Hwy - Area East Of Browns Ferry Rd - Amara Home CareFriday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
MonroeVonoreUs-411 - Area Monroe / Loudon County LineFriday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
HardinSavannahTn-203 - Area Horse Creek BridgeFriday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
LawrenceLawrenceburgUs-43 N - Area Mile Marker 23Friday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
LincolnFayettevilleTn-50 - Area Mile Marker 16Friday, December 29, 2023 New Year's Eve Weekend
PutnamCookevilleTn-290 and Cumby Rd - Area The Blue HoleTonight Friday, December 22, 2023
PutnamBloomington SpringsTn-56 - Area Jackson Near Putnam County LineTonight Friday, December 22, 2023
BradleyCleveland3rd St and Euclid Ave SeTonight Friday, December 22, 2023
SequatchieWhitwellTn-27 and Ketner Mill Rd DlTonight Friday, December 22, 2023
DecaturSugar TreeUs-641 / Tn-69 and Mile Marker 39 - Area Walter Mills RoadTonight Friday, December 22, 2023
MaurySpring HillUs-70 and Tn-152Tonight Friday, December 22, 2023
WeakleyGreenfieldUs-45 - Area Gibson weakley County LineTonight Friday, December 22, 2023
CoffeeTullahomaUs-41 A - Area Moore coffee Co LineTonight Friday, December 22, 2023
GilesPulaskiUs-31 - Area Mile Marker 4Tonight Friday, December 22, 2023
StarkeKnoxSobriety Checkpoints - McBee Ln & Mascot Rd Tennessee 37871Friday November 24, 2023
FranklinWinchesterMansford Rd and Awalt Rd - Area North West Of WinchesterFriday November 3, 2023
HamiltonChattanoogaNear Lindberg AveFriday November 3, 2023
MonroeSweetwaterTn-68 and Fire Department Rd SweetwaterFriday November 3, 2023
BedfordShelbyvilleTennessee State Route 64 - Area 6 Mi East Of Mile Marker 15Friday November 3, 2023
HawkinsChurch HillCarters Valley Rd - Area Rolling Hills Rd - Church Hill, TN 37642Friday November 3, 2023
FayetteArlingtonTn-205 and Brunswick Rd - Area North Of Paul Barrett PkwyFriday November 3, 2023
KnoxKnoxvilleTn33/maryville Pike and Maloney Rd - Area Mount. Olive ChurchFriday November 3, 2023
RobertsonAdams188 Highway 188, Friendship, TN 38034Tue Oct 31 - Holloween Night, 2023
BedfordShelbyvilleTn-82 South - Area Mile Marker 6.5Tue Oct 31 - Holloween, 2023
MeigsDecaturTn-58 and Tn-68 - Area By ExxonTue Night Oct 31 - Holloween, 2023
FayetteMaconTn-194 - Area Mile Marker 9Sat Night Oct 28, 2023
KnoxWest KnoxvilleAlcohol or Drug Near Kingston Pike HighwayNight Friday, October 27, 2023
CoffeeManchesterClover Ln and Hills Chapel Rd - South of Us-41Fri Aug 25, 2023
GibsonHumboldtIntersection of 17th Street and Baum StFri Aug 18, 2023
BradleyClevelandIntersection of Keith St NW / Lee Hwy and Raider Dr - Located North of 25th St6pm To 1am - Sat Aug 26, 2023
Van BurenSpencerIntersection of Tn-30 and Tn-285Fri Aug 25, 2023
LewisHohenwaldIntersection of Tn-48 and Topsy Road - Southwest of HohenwaldFri Aug 25 , 2023
BedfordShelbyvilleIntersection of Tn-64/Wartrace Pike - East of Mile Marker 156pm To 1am Fri Aug 18, 2023
PickettByrdstownIntersection of Tn-111 and Red Hill Rd - North of ByrdstownMon Aug 14, 2023
CampbellLa FolletteIntersection of Us-25 and Tennessee AveFri Aug 25 , 2023
BentonCamdenIntersection of Us-641 and Lower Sandy River Rd - North of CamdenSun Aug 20, 2023
CoffeeArnold AfbIntersection of Wattendorf Memorial Hwy and Decherd Hwy - South of I-24 by Fitness CenterFri Aug 18, 2023
SullivanKingsportNear Big Elm - Close to Sensabaugh Hollow RdFri Aug 25 , 2023
MarshallLewisburgTn-50 - Near Mile Marker 0Fri Aug 11, 2023
TiptonCovingtonTn-54 - Within Tipton CountySat Aug 19, 2023
GraingerBlaineTn-61 - Northwest of Blaine, near McKinney RdFri Aug 18, 2023
FayetteWillistonTn-76 - North of Mile Marker 5Sat Aug 19, 2023
MauryColumbiaTn-99 - West of Rally Hill Rd, East of I-65Fri Aug 25 , 2023
PutnamCookevilleTn-290 - Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion AreaFri Aug 11, 2023
TiptonCovingtonTn-384 - South of Tn-59 - Seat Belt EnforcementFri Aug 18, 2023
CockeNewportUS-25 - North of the North Carolina State LineFri Aug 25, 2023
GilesPulaskiUS-31 - Around Mile Marker 14Fri Aug 25, 2023
LincolnFayettevilleUS-231 - Near Mile Marker 21 - BellevilleFri Aug 11, 2023
MonroeVonoreUS-411 - Monroe / Loudon County Line AreaFri Aug 18, 2023
DecaturParsonsUS-412 - Tennessee River Bridge Area in Perry CountyFri Aug 18, 2023

 

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GilesGraingerGreene
GrundyHamblenHamilton
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HenryHickmanHouston
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DUI Checkpoints in TN

DUI checkpoints in Tennessee are like roadblocks set up by the police to check if drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s a part of the effort to keep the roads safe. Basically, they stop cars randomly, talk to drivers, and may conduct quick tests to make sure no one is driving impaired.

Another name for DUI checkpoints is sobriety checkpoints. They’re called sobriety checkpoints because the primary purpose is to check if drivers are sober and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s like a quick stop to ensure that everyone on the road is driving safely and without impairment. So, if you hear someone talking about sobriety checkpoints in Tennessee or anywhere else, they’re likely referring to the same thing as DUI checkpoints.

Who Conduct DUI Checkpoints in Tennessee?

When you find yourself at a DUI checkpoint in Tennessee, it’s helpful to know the agencies and individuals dedicated to upholding road safety. Several law enforcement entities collaborate to execute these checkpoints effectively.

1. Local Police Departments: Local police departments, such as the Nashville Police Department, actively participate in planning and executing DUI checkpoints. They focus on metropolitan areas, ensuring that city roads remain safe from the risks associated with impaired driving.

2. County Sheriff’s Offices: County sheriff’s offices, like the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, take a leading role in conducting DUI checkpoints, especially in suburban and rural regions. Their emphasis on community-specific needs contributes to a tailored approach in addressing impaired driving concerns.

3. Tennessee Highway Patrol: The Tennessee Highway Patrol, a state-level agency, is a driving force behind DUI checkpoint operations throughout the state. Troopers from THP are strategically deployed to key locations, enhancing visibility and enforcing traffic safety laws on a broader scale.

4. Municipal Police Forces: Beyond major cities, municipal police forces like the Chattanooga Police Department actively engage in DUI checkpoint initiatives. Their involvement underscores the commitment of smaller communities to promoting responsible driving habits.

5. Collaboration Among Agencies:  Agencies often collaborate in events like multi-agency traffic enforcement blitzes. During these operations, various law enforcement entities pool their resources to maximize the impact of DUI checkpoints, creating a comprehensive approach to road safety.

6. Legal Guidelines Adherence: Agencies, irrespective of their specific jurisdiction, adhere to legal guidelines governing DUI checkpoints. Ensuring that these checkpoints are conducted within the framework of established laws is a shared commitment among all participating law enforcement entities.

7. Public Awareness Initiatives: Law enforcement agencies, including the Knoxville Police Department, proactively communicate DUI checkpoint details to the public. This transparent approach not only informs drivers but also acts as a preventative measure, discouraging impaired driving.

Demystifying DUI Checkpoints in Tennessee

1. Planning and Coordination: DUI checkpoints are not random—they’re carefully planned events. Law enforcement agencies, including local police departments, county sheriff’s offices, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, coordinate the details. This involves selecting strategic locations, considering traffic patterns, and determining the timing for maximum effectiveness.

2. Public Awareness: Before the checkpoint takes place, there’s often a public awareness campaign. Law enforcement agencies may announce the date, time, and location of the checkpoint in advance. This serves a dual purpose: informing the public and acting as a deterrent to potential impaired drivers.

3. Setup and Visibility: On the day of the checkpoint, law enforcement officers set up the operation. This usually involves creating a visible and marked checkpoint area. Signs, cones, and law enforcement vehicles contribute to the noticeable presence, signaling to drivers that they are entering a checkpoint.

4. Randomized Stops: While the checkpoint is highly visible, the stops themselves are often randomized. Every vehicle that approaches the checkpoint may not be stopped. This randomness is a key element to ensure that the checkpoint is constitutional and doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

5. Initial Contact: When a vehicle approaches the checkpoint, law enforcement officers make initial contact with the driver. They may ask routine questions such as where the driver is coming from and where they’re headed. This initial interaction helps officers assess if further investigation is necessary.

6. Observation for Signs of Impairment: Officers are trained to observe drivers for signs of impairment during the brief interaction. This includes looking for red or glassy eyes, slurred speech, or the smell of alcohol. If officers detect potential impairment, they may proceed to conduct additional tests.

7. Field Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzer: If officers suspect impairment, they may ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg. Additionally, a portable breathalyzer may be used to measure the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level.

8. Legal Consequences: If a driver is found to be under the influence, legal consequences follow. These may include arrest, fines, license suspension, and mandatory attendance at alcohol education programs. It’s important for drivers to be aware of their rights during these encounters.

Caught Driving Under the Influence in Tennessee: What to Expect

If you find yourself caught driving under the influence (DUI) in Tennessee, it’s crucial to understand the potential consequences. The state takes a firm stance on impaired driving, and the legal repercussions can be significant.

Arrest: If law enforcement officers have reasonable suspicion that you’re driving under the influence, they can arrest you. This typically follows a failed field sobriety test or a positive result on a portable breathalyzer indicating an elevated blood alcohol content (BAC).

Booking Process: After arrest, you’ll undergo the booking process. This involves recording personal information, taking fingerprints, and, in some cases, spending a brief period in jail until bail is posted or you’re released on your recognizance.

Implied Consent Violation: Tennessee has an implied consent law, meaning that by obtaining a driver’s license, you’ve implicitly agreed to submit to chemical tests if suspected of DUI. Refusing a breathalyzer or blood test can result in additional penalties, including a mandatory license suspension.

Criminal Charges: You’ll face criminal charges related to DUI. The severity of charges may depend on factors such as your BAC level, any prior DUI convictions, and whether there were aggravating circumstances, such as accidents or injuries.

Court Proceedings: DUI cases proceed through the court system. You’ll be required to appear in court, and legal proceedings will determine the outcome of your case. Having legal representation is advisable to navigate the complexities of the legal process.

Potential Penalties: Penalties for a DUI conviction in Tennessee can be substantial. They may include fines, probation, mandatory attendance at alcohol education programs, community service, and even jail time. The specific penalties vary based on the circumstances of the offense and any prior DUI convictions.

License Suspension: A DUI conviction often results in a driver’s license suspension. The duration of the suspension depends on factors such as whether it’s a first offense or a repeat offense within a certain time frame.

Ignition Interlock Device: In some cases, especially for repeat DUI offenders, the court may require the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This device requires you to pass a breathalyzer test before starting the car.

Insurance Consequences: A DUI conviction can lead to increased auto insurance premiums or even the cancellation of your policy. Securing affordable insurance may become more challenging with a DUI on your record.

Common Locations for DUI Checkpoints in TN

DUI checkpoints in Tennessee are strategically placed to maximize their impact on deterring impaired driving. While these checkpoints can occur throughout the state, certain common locations are favored by law enforcement for their effectiveness. Here’s where you might encounter DUI checkpoints:

1. Urban Areas: DUI checkpoints are often set up in urban areas, particularly around cities like Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The high traffic volume in these areas provides law enforcement with an opportunity to screen a significant number of drivers.

Here are some urban hotspots where you might encounter DUI checkpoints:

1. Nashville: The vibrant capital city, known for its music scene and nightlife, sees DUI checkpoints in areas around downtown, Broadway Street, and other popular entertainment districts.

2. Memphis: With its iconic Beale Street and various entertainment venues, DUI checkpoints in Memphis are often strategically located to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

3. Knoxville: Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee and diverse events, may have checkpoints in areas around Cumberland Avenue, downtown, and near the university campus.

4. Chattanooga: DUI checkpoints in Chattanooga are likely in areas around the riverfront, downtown, and near popular gathering spots, ensuring safety during events and weekends.

5. Clarksville: As a growing city, Clarksville may have DUI checkpoints near key urban routes, especially around Fort Campbell Boulevard and Riverside Drive.

6. Murfreesboro: Home to Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro might see DUI checkpoints around areas frequented by students and in proximity to major roadways.

7. Johnson City: With a vibrant downtown and events happening throughout the year, Johnson City may have checkpoints in areas around State of Franklin Road and Market Street.

8. Franklin: This suburban area south of Nashville might experience DUI checkpoints around Cool Springs and the historic downtown district, especially during events and weekends.

9. Jackson: Located in West Tennessee, Jackson may see DUI checkpoints in and around its urban center, focusing on main routes and areas with a higher volume of drivers.

10. Bristol: Positioned on the border with Virginia, Bristol may have DUI checkpoints near major roadways and around events, ensuring compliance with impaired driving laws.

2. High-Traffic Roads: Law enforcement may choose locations on well-traveled roads, highways, or interstates. These spots offer the advantage of screening a large number of drivers passing through, increasing the overall impact of the checkpoint.

3. Near Entertainment Districts: Checkpoints are commonly placed near entertainment districts, especially during weekends or holidays. This includes areas with a concentration of bars, clubs, or other nightlife venues where alcohol consumption is likely.

4. Proximity to Events: DUI checkpoints are often set up near events or gatherings where alcohol is likely to be consumed, such as concerts, sporting events, or festivals. This proactive measure aims to prevent impaired drivers from endangering themselves and others.

5. Construction Zones: Checkpoints may be strategically located in or near construction zones. These areas often experience reduced speed limits and altered traffic patterns, making it crucial for drivers to be attentive and sober.

6. Border Crossings: DUI checkpoints are sometimes set up near state borders. This helps ensure that individuals crossing state lines are complying with Tennessee’s laws regarding impaired driving.

7. Road Exits and Entrances: Checkpoints are frequently placed near exits and entrances of major roads and highways. This positioning allows law enforcement to screen drivers entering or exiting certain areas, adding an element of unpredictability.

8. Random Selection: DUI checkpoints are designed to be random in nature. Law enforcement aims to maintain the element of surprise, so specific locations may vary, even if certain types of locations are commonly chosen.

9. Publicized Locations: In some cases, law enforcement agencies may publicize the locations of upcoming DUI checkpoints. This transparency is intended to serve as a deterrent and encourage responsible driving behavior.