The Chattanooga Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from Aug. 17 - Sept. 2, surrounding the Labor Day holiday.
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 everyone to enjoy the final days of summer and the holiday weekend with family and friends, and to return home safely," said CPD Sgt. Justin Kilgore. "CPD and our law enforcement partners in the area are working together to prevent crashes and save lives."
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 the Chattanooga 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.