KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department is currently participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over D.U.I. prevention and enforcement campaign.

Consider these statistics:

• In an average year, more than 10,000 people die on the road due to driving under the influence.‚  That would be the rough equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year.

• The end of summer should not mean the end of your life.‚  In the last five years, over 750 people were killed in D.U.I. related crashes during Labor Day weekend.

• During 2012, an average of one D.U.I. related fatality occurred every 51 minutes.

• On Labor Day Weekend in 2012, almost 40 percent of fatal crashes involved an impaired driver.

In order to combat this deadly epidemic, law enforcement agencies across the nation will be cracking down on impaired driving from August 15 through Labor Day, 2014.

The Kingsport Police Department will continue to make D.U.I. education, prevention, and enforcement a priority.‚  Area motorists are implored to keep these facts in mind before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle and remember to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

For more information on the NHTSAs Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, please visit the following link: