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New Plan to Crackdown On DUI In Clarksville

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by Adam Ghassemi

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Police hope they can stop drunk drivers with a new program.  On Tuesday, the department started publishing the names and mug shots of people charged with driving under the influence.

It's common for some departments to post those names and pictures on billboards, but in Clarksville, police hope releasing the information will make people think before jumping behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Over the holiday weekend, police charged ten people with DUI.  Keep in mind, that's just within the city limits, and does not include Montgomery County.  Police sent all those names, charges and mug shots out to media outlets. 

Despite a drop in the number of DUI charges in the city, police say it's still not enough.  That's why they hope doing this along with the state's crackdown campaigns like "More Cops, More Stops" will make people who are drinking make other plans before getting in the driver's seat.

"Over half of our fatalities has some sort of alcohol relationship. We can't just sit back and ignore that," said Officer Jim Knoll with the Clarksville Police Department.  "So we've go to do something to get the word out."

The jail's online log will go out to the media daily, but it could also start showing up on the department's Facebook page.

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