Van Buren Sheriff Department increases impaired driving enforcement during holiday season

by | November 30, 2017 9:50 am

The Van Buren County Sheriff Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase impaired driving enforcement, Dec. 13-31, surrounding the holiday season. The THSO’s statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization.

There will be increased enforcement efforts throughout the county’s various roadways, with specific attention toward those impaired behind the wheel.

The holiday seasons are quickly ramping up, and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department will partner with thousands of other law enforcement to ensure that motorists will arrive safely.

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.

“We ask all Tennesseans to please drive safely this holiday season,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “In December 2016, more than 400 traffic crashes statewide involved a drunk driver. Our state and local law enforcement partners will be out in full force to secure Tennessee roadways. We want everyone to make it home safely, so please designate a sober driver.”

The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.

The THSO provides grant funding to support the Van Buren County Sheriff Department’s increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Loose It holiday campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

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