East Ridge PD gears up for Booze it & Lose it checkpoints

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF) – The East Ridge Police Department will partner with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase DUI enforcement across Tennessee.

The campaign runs from August 19 to Labor Day.

It’s part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization against drunk driving.

In 2015, Tennessee lost 239 lives to alcohol-related traffic crashes.

That’s according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s TITAN Division.

So far this year, Tennessee has experienced 118 alcohol-related fatalities.

High-visibility enforcement efforts like DUI sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and multi-jurisdictional initiatives will be coupled with strategic “Booze It & Lose It” campaign messaging to help cut down on these types of crashes and fatalities.

Learn more about Tennessee’s anti-drunk driving efforts here.

According to it’s website, The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is Tennessee’s advocate for highway safety.

This office works with law enforcement, judicial personnel and community advocates to coordinate activities and initiatives relating to the human behavioral aspects of highway safety.

The THSO’s mission is to develop, execute and evaluate programs to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and related economic losses resulting from traffic crashes on Tennessee’s roadways. The office works in tandem with the National Highway Safety Administration to implement programs focusing on occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, truck and school bus safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office are 100% federally funded.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is located at 505 Deaderick Street, 18th Floor, James K. Polk Building, Nashville, TN 37243. Inquiries to THSO may be made in writing or by calling 615.741.2589.

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