District 22 state Rep. Eric Watson, Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott and Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission Executive Director Danielle Elks will hold a press conference in Charleston this afternoon to launch the program.
Watson said the program was developed after two minors were served alcohol in a local restaurant. Both incidents were unrelated and occurred on separate occasions. Both minors were killed in auto crashes within days apart, according to Watson.
“The ABC is in charge of complaints of this type. With the new program, THP and ABC will be able to share information to further investigate these type incidents,” Watson said.
Watson also said Cleveland attorney Jim Logan helped develop the idea.
Earlier this year, Watson facilitated the agreement between the two agencies to share information on investigations that could lead to violations of the state’s liquor laws.
It will help THP and ABC special agents to more quickly gather information regarding alcohol-related traffic incidents.
More detailed information how the program will work will be available after today’s meeting, according to Watson.
A complete followup will be published in Wednesday’s Banner.