CHPD increases impaired-driving enforcement

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Chapel Hill Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement in the month of February. 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.

The Chapel Hill Police Department will be partnering with the Lewisburg Police Department in conducting a sobriety checkpoint in an effort to reduce impaired drivers in Marshall County, TN. The check point will be on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, and will be located in the corporate City Limits of Chapel Hill. According to Police Chief Andrew Kon, CHPD is committed to protecting its residents and is taking the initiative to conduct its first roadblock this year.

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 500 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 Chapel Hill Police Department’s increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org