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Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Increases DUI Enforcement


“Booze It & Lose It” Sweeps Tennessee to Prevent Alcohol-Related Crashes

Hamilton County, TN – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is officially partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase DUI enforcement across Tennessee from August 19 to Labor Day as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization against drunk driving.

In 2015, Tennessee lost 239 lives to alcohol-related traffic crashes, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s TITAN Division. Thus far in 2016, Tennessee has experienced 118 alcohol-related fatalities.

“No life is worth losing to drinking and driving,” said Jason Ivey, Interim Director for THSO. “In 2016, you can access the world at your fingertips. You can hail a taxi, request a rideshare, text a friend, call a family member, and more! With so many inexpensive alternatives, there’s no excuse to drive when you’re impaired.”

“The HCSO is pleased to partner with our colleagues in the TN Highway Patrol and the TN Highway Safety Office in order to help reduce intoxicated drivers and keep our county safe,” stated Sheriff Jim Hammond. “I encourage all of our residents to have a plan to get home safely if you know you will be drinking and most importantly, please drink responsibly.”

A single DUI conviction may cost an individual $10,000 or more, in addition to jail time. Offenders could also be required to install a vehicle ignition interlock device and/or attend drug and alcohol treatment.

To drastically reduce alcohol-related crashes, high-visibility enforcement efforts like sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and multi-jurisdictional initiatives will be coupled with strategic “Booze It & Lose It” campaign messaging.

Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bFJoMaNWN0 to access THSO’s new “Booze It & Lose It” public service announcement, or check out social media: facebook.com/tnhso | twitter.com/tnhso | instagram.com/tnhso.

To learn more about traffic safety and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

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