Booze it and lose it
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 11:45 am
CANNON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INCREASES DUI ENFORCEMENT DURING STATEWIDE
The Cannon County Sheriff's Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to step up DUI enforcement from August 19 to September 4, surrounding the Labor Day holiday. The statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of a national mobilization to prevent drunk driving. At the time of this release there have been 621 fatalities on the Tennessee roadways to date. At this time in 2015 there were only 560 fatalities.
"Too many people think their actions don't affect anybody else," said Sheriff Darrell Young. "They know it's illegal. They know it's wrong. But they do it anyway - they make decisions as if those statistics just can't happen to them," he added.
Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving.
A single DUI conviction can cost an individual $5,000 or more in addition to jail time. Offenders could also be required to attend drug and alcohol treatment or to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.
For more information on traffic safety, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.