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East TN authorities keep tabs on Cinco de Mayo celebrations

11:39 PM, May 5, 2012   |    comments
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East Tennessee authorities took extra steps Saturday to ensure everyone stayed safe during Cinco de Mayo.

The Knoxville Police Department monitored "Fiesta on Market Square" in downtown Knoxville throughout the day.  The department put officers on guard to make sure no alcohol was smuggled in or out of Market Square.

However, KPD said the day was pretty calm.  No arrests were made at the event.

"Things have gone well, it's a pretty good crowd," said KPD Lt. Keith Debow.

KPD did not increase enforcement across the city for Cinco de Mayo.  However, the Tennessee Highway Patrol decided to add more deputies to the roads.

Over a 24 hour period, THP held sobriety checkpoints in Anderson, Knox and Blount counties.

One checkpoint resulted in 3 DUI arrests and another 50 citations in relation to acts like speeding and not wearing seat belts.


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