The Henry County Sheriff’s and the Paris Police departments will be working with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for a “Booze It and Lose It” campaign today through the Labor Day holiday.
According to the THSO, increased sobriety checkpoint and high visibility enforcement will combine with state and national messages about the dangers of driving under the influence.
The THSO provides grant funding to both the sheriff’s department and the PPD to support increased enforcement efforts during the campaign.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said his department will be conducting increased enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of motorists on the roadways.
Chief Chuck Elizondo said the PPD will be conducting extra patrols to locate and prosecute those driving drunk or distracted, and will be additionally focusing on other areas of infraction such as speeding and seat belts.
“Please help in our effort to make the beginning of this holiday season a happy and safe one,” Elizondo said. He said citizens can help by not drinking and driving or committing any other infractions listed above.
This campaign coincides with “Drive Sober or Pull Over,” an initiative by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment or the installation of an ignition interlock device in one’s vehicle.