|Beyond the risk of serious injury or death associated with impaired driving, being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs 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.
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.
The Kingsport Police Department is stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community. Impaired driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. If you are out on the roads and you see someone driving impaired, please report it. You could help save a life.
The Kingsport Police Department recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you have only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
- Download the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s iTunes Store for IOS devices. SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
- Call a cab or a friend. Use community sober ride programs if available.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Kingsport Police Department.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Remember…Booze It & Lose It. Lose your license, your freedom, your life!
To download the NHTSA SaferRide app, visit: https://one.NHTSA.gov/link/SaferRide
For more information about the THSO, visit: www.TNTrafficSafety.org.