Driving under the influence continues to exact an epidemic toll on our nation and state. Every year nearly one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve impaired drivers or motorcycle operators.
In 2011, 9,878 people (31 percent of all fatalities) were killed on America’s roads in impaired driving crashes—about one person every 53 minutes.
Holidays are particularly dangerous and the upcoming Labor Day celebration in Tennessee is no exception.
That’s why the local police departments and sheriff’s office are joining nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide to crack down on anyone caught driving under the influence from mid-August through the Labor Day holiday.
Research shows that high-visibility enforcement reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent, and a well-implemented enforcement campaign that is intense, frequent, highly visible, and targeted can make a big difference to our state.