Lenoir City Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign from August 17 to September 3, surrounding the Labor Day holiday. This initiative coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired-driving enforcement nationwide.

The Lenoir City Police Department will be increasing enforcement during this campaign to reduce impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be utilized to detect and arrest impaired drivers. The department will also partner with other agencies to conduct county wide saturations.

“The Lenoir City Police Department takes impaired driving seriously. We make every effort to reduce impaired driving through officer training and increased enforcement. Grants through the Tennessee Highway Safety Office allows us to have more resources available for these efforts.” Says Chief Don White.

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.

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 Lenoir City Police Department increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose Itcampaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.