Chattanooga Police Department Increases Impaired-Driving Enforcement During Halloween

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Chattanooga Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for Booze It and Lose It from Oct. 28–Nov. 3, surrounding Halloween. Booze It and Lose It is a statewide campaign to increase impaired-driving enforcement and reduce fatal crashes.

CPD will be deploying increased and deliberate enforcement to remove impaired drivers from our roadways.

This will be accomplished through regular patrols and THSO grant funded overtime, deliberately placing dozens of officers on the roadways looking for impaired drivers.   

"We want to scare off anyone who's considering getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol," said CPD Sgt. Justin Kilgore. "Designate a sober driver, call a friend, Lyft, Uber, or a taxi - there's no excuse for driving impaired."

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 CPD's increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It holiday campaign. For more information about the THSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.



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