Police and treatment centers want to make sure people get home safely

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Law enforcement agencies in the Tennessee Valley are teaming up to increase impaired and distracted driving enforcement.

In addition to this, one organization is making sure people don’t drink and drive, by offering a free ride.

At Focus Treatment Centers, they want you to get home safely this holiday season.

“Being a substance abuse disorder facility, alcohol is a big component of what we are trying to help here and during the holidays there tends to be an uptick in drinking, drinking and driving, things like that. So if we can keep someone safe, off the streets and keep someone from driving in impaired condition then we’ve helped the whole community and that is what we are trying to do,” said Scott Berry, with Focus Treatment Centers.

From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day they are offering people who live within 30 miles of Chattanooga a free ride home. All you have to do is call them.

“We will take their name, the address where they are located and the address where they are going to, their home address. We will call the cab company and we will set it up, they will pick them up and they send us the bill so we pay for the cab ride home,” Berry said.

Officers will be out on the roads in full force, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 20. The Chattanooga Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the Tennessee Valley are increasing impaired and distracted driving enforcement.

“Of course this time of year a lot of people are getting together. Unfortunately people are traveling so they are using their phones trying to communicate with each other they are also drinking and driving or doing other things illegally in the car they shouldn’t be doing. So our goal over the next couple of weeks is to basically save lives,” said Sgt. Justin Kilgore with the Chattanooga Police Department.

They also hope the fact people know they are out their will serve as a deterrent.

“Always our hope is that people are going to think twice when they start to see police out, really trying to enforce the laws that we have,” Sgt. Kilgore said.

From Focus Treatment Centers’ free rides and police increased enforcement, it’s all in an effort to keep you safe.

The increased enforcement will go until the morning of January 2.

For a free ride home call Focus Treatment Centers at 423-308-2560.

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