Volume 51, Number 34

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pickett County Sheriff’s Department Launches Intensive Crackdown On Impaired Driving


America is facing an impaired-driving crisis and the problem is especially acute during the summer months. That’s why Pickett County Sheriff’s Department today announced it will join other police agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving this August 15--Sept. 1.
Nationally, more than $50 million will be spent on this year’s crackdown, known by it’s tagline: Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. In 2006 alone, nearly 13,500 people died in crashes in which the driver or motorcycle rider was legally impaired, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Admini-stration. Among them were 306 children under age 15--innocent victims of crashes that could have been avoided.
“All too often, innocent law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard of human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. We’ll be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on the roads,” said Sheriff Clois Brown. Across the country more than $30 million in State and Federal funds will be spent in support of the high-visibility crackdown through television and radio ads targeted to young male drivers, who are the most common perpetrators of this deadly crime. Another $20 million will be spent on extra police enforcement, including saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints during the crackdown period. In every U.S. State as well as the District of Columbia, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams p;er deciliter (g/dL) or higher. More than 10,000 police agencies will participate in this year’s mid-August through Labor Day crackdown, including law enforcement officers representing every State, the District of Columbia, and many U.S. cities and towns. According to the latest data, 32% of motor vehicle fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 g/dL or above--an average of one fatality every 39 minutes.
Pickett County Sheriff’s Department said its officers will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day.
“Our message is simple and unwavering. If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Sheriff Clois Brown. “Even if you beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, motorists should be aware of the consequences of driving while impaired can still virtually destroy your life.”
According to Pickett County Sheriff’s Department, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use and ignition interlock. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. “Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you’re under arrest,” said Sheriff Clois Brown.
The national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest crackdown is led by NHTSA and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity. For more information on the crackdown, visit the High-Visibility-Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

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