There have been practically 3,000 alcohol-related crashes up to now this 12 months.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Whereas you will have had a calming break day from work this Labor Day, authorities are working additional time to catch to catch people who find themselves driving drunk.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security stories there have been practically 3,000 alcohol-related crashes up to now this 12 months.
Scott Erland with the Knoxville Police Division mentioned they’ve heavy patrol on roadways for the final day of the “Booze it and Lose it” marketing campaign. Officers are reminding drivers that first-time DUI convictions in Tennessee can embrace excessive fines or jail time.
“Lots of people are touring coming to or from Knox County so it is actually essential for us to be on the market, to be seen,” Erland mentioned. The purpose although, he mentioned, is to cease drunken driving earlier than it ever occurs.
“To essentially attempt to mainly deter harmful driving by way of our visibility and enforcement efforts.” He mentioned theirs proof police presence impacts driver conduct. “We’re not doing it to be punitive. We’re doing it to stop severe or worse, deadly crashes,” Erland mentioned.
Tami Oliver misplaced her daughter, Jaelyn, in April. Her pal’s automotive was hit by a drunk driver. “She was hit on her facet of the automotive and he or she was killed immediately. She was 18 years previous. She had simply graduated highschool,” she mentioned. “She had a life. She was not only a quantity. She’s not simply one of many deaths on Tennessee roadways this 12 months. She was my daughter.”
Oliver needs individuals to grasp the dangers and risks of driving beneath the affect. “It is completely devastating and that is why I need to convey consciousness to the truth that this may occur. This will occur to you. I by no means thought one thing like this might occur to my daughter,” Oliver mentioned.
Now, she mentioned, not a day goes the place she isn’t eager about her daughter. On holidays like Labor Day Oliver challenges bystanders to get entangled. If somebody appears impaired, to assist discover a designated driver or have them keep put. It would simply save a life she mentioned.
“No person ought to should bury their little one. Particularly from one thing like this. It’s a hundred percent preventable,” Oliver mentioned.
KPD reminds drivers to buckle up, comply with site visitors legal guidelines, put down the cellphone and watch your pace, however most significantly, do not drink and drive.