The Hardin County Sheriff Department announces it is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase impaired-driving enforcement from Dec. 13 to Jan. 1, surrounding the holiday season.
“The Hardin County Sheriff Department wishes for each of you to have a safe and merry Christmas season,” said Sheriff Johnny Alexander. “We are working diligently to keep you safe from impaired drivers. It is never acceptable to drink and drive.”
Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.
The THSO’s statewide “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” nationwide mobilization.
“We ask all Tennesseans to please drive safely this holiday season,” said THSO Director Buddy Lewis.
“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 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 Hardin County Sheriff Department’s increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It & Lose It holiday campaign.