|During the month of December, the Kingsport Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for the annual Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign.
The THSO is Tennessee’s advocate for traffic safety. The THSO partners with community advocates and law enforcement agencies across the state to reduce impaired-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
The Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign runs from December 13 through 31, 2017. While impaired driving awareness, prevention, and enforcement is a year-around priority at K.P.D., the department will be placing a heightened emphasis on it during this campaign.
Driving under the influence (DUI), also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunk driving, or impaired driving, is the crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
In Tennessee, a drunk driver’s level of intoxication is typically determined by the measurement of blood alcohol content (BAC). A BAC measurement of 0.08% defines the criminal offense.
But remember, Tennessee DUI laws apply not just to alcohol, but to any substance that impairs the ability to drive, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician and taken as directed.
Being convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol can impact your life in many ways, including loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment, and incarceration.
As we wrap up our city’s centennial anniversary year and embark into 2018, the Kingsport Police Department would like to wish all of our fellow citizens a Crime-Free and Merry Christmas as well as a Safe and Happy New Year!