KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Encourages Sober Driving by Participating in THSO Booze It & Lose It Campaign

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Encourages Sober Driving by Participating in THSO Booze It & Lose It Campaign
DATE: December 21, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
From December 15, 2016 through January 1, 2017, the Kingsport Police Department is participating in the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) Booze It & Lose It Campaign. This campaign encompasses both the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday weekends, which are statistically two of the deadliest weekends of the year for motorists.

According to the THSO, Booze It & Lose It is designed to reduce impaired driving instances, injuries, fatalities, & associated economic losses. The Booze It & Lose It campaign provides for increased law enforcement efforts and public service messages to accomplish its goal. The intervention targets all drivers who are impaired due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Impaired driving and impaired-related crashes constitute one of the nation’s leading health problems. These events result in more deaths each year than do total homicides; furthermore, alcohol is a factor in 35% of all crashes throughout the United States.

The following D.U.I.-related statistics are provided courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

1) Over a five-year period, almost 4,000 people died during drunk driving crashes during the month of December.

2) In December 2015, fatal crashes involving drunk drivers were almost 4-times higher at night than during the day.

3) In December 2015, drunk driving crashes resulted in 840 deaths.

As part of the Booze It & Lose It campaign, and in the ongoing effort to reduce the problem of Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) and related crashes, injuries, and fatalities, the Kingsport Police Department will be stepping up its D.U.I. enforcement efforts. While D.U.I. laws are enforced year around, every officer at the Kingsport Police Department has been asked to make D.U.I. enforcement a top priority during this campaign.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress that Tennessee D.U.I. 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. Remember…Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

For more information on the THSO Booze It & Lose It campaign, please visit:

http://tntrafficsafety.org/drunk-driving

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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