The Bolivar Police Department 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 Bolivar Police Department will conduct several DUI Saturations over the Holiday season. “It’s been a tough year, and I want everyone to have a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday. To keep each other safe, I ask you two things. First, please celebrate safely: limit gatherings and use precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Second, please get home safely. Drive sober or have a designated driver to protect yourself and everyone on the road,” said Bolivar Police Chief Michael Jones.
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.”
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 Bolivar Police Department increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It holiday campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.