KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint in Conjunction with THSO Booze It & Lose It Campaign

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint in Conjunction with THSO Booze It & Lose It Campaign
DATE: August 25, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
From August 19 through September 5, 2016, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) Booze It & Lose It Campaign. This campaign encompasses the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is statistically one of the deadliest weekends of the year for motorists.

According to the THSO, Booze It & Lose It is designed to reduce impaired driving 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, and alcohol is a factor in 35% of all crashes in the United States.

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 DUI enforcement efforts. In addition to regular enforcement efforts by Patrol and Traffic Units, K.P.D. will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint during the evening hours of Saturday, September 3, 2016. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location within the City of Kingsport.

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/

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit