Oak Ridge Police Department Increases Impaired-Driving Enforcement During Holiday Season


POSTED: DECEMBER 14, 2018

The Oak Ridge Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from December 14, 2018, to January 1, 2019. The THSO’s statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization.

Officers will set up sobriety checkpoints and increase patrols in Oak Ridge throughout the holiday season. “All of us will be on the lookout for potentially impaired drivers,” ORPD Officer Matthew Johnston stated. “Everyone can expect to see more officers on the road and more traffic stops during this campaign.”

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.

“We ask all Tennesseans to please drive safely this holiday season,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Our state and local law enforcement partners will be out in full force to secure Tennessee roadways. We want everyone to make it home safely, so please designate a sober driver.”

The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.

The THSO provides grant funding to support the Oak Ridge Police Department’s increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It holiday campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org. Follow the Oak Ridge Police Department on Facebook and Twitter: @OakRidgePolice.