WEAKLEY COUNTY (December 4) – Weakley County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from December 18, 2020, to January 1, 2021, surrounding the holiday season. 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.
The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office will have officers patrolling Weakley County looking for impaired drivers in an effort to combat drinking and driving.
The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office asks people to get a designated driver if they are going to be out drinking. “The risk of drinking and driving is not worth your life or the life of another,” the WCSO noted in a press release.
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 Buddy Lewis. “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,” Lewis added.
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.