KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Joins THSO and MADD for Annual “Night of Remembrance” for Lives Lost to Impaired- Driving Crashes

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Joins THSO and MADD for Annual “Night of Remembrance” for Lives Lost to Impaired-Driving Crashes
DATE: December 8, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Thursday, December 9, 2021 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in cooperation with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and other traffic safety partners, will be hosting their annual “Night of Remembrance” in Nashville, TN. The purpose of this event is to help keep everyone safe this holiday season by spreading awareness for the lives lost to impaired-driving crashes in Tennessee.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), one in three fatal crashes this year involved an impaired driver. One in six serious injury crashes involved an impaired driver. One in two DUI crashes resulted in injury or death. Approximately 46 percent of impaired drivers were between the ages of 20 and 34. And DUI crash costs exceeded $911,299,000.

While K.P.D. personnel will not be able to attend the “Night of Remembrance” in person, we will be showing our support in Kingsport that night and throughout the holiday season by stepping up our impaired-driving related education and enforcement efforts.

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 emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.tn.gov/safety/stats/dashboards/dui-crashes.html

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

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