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The Holidays Are an Especially Dangerous Time for Drunk Driving Accidents
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 27, 2010
Law enforcement officers who respond to drunk driving accidents know just how terrible these accidents can be. Veteran officers who have had to scrape up body parts want the general public to share their concern about minimizing the bloody toll that impaired driving can take - especially at the holidays.
That's why Tennessee state troopers are out in force this year between Thanksgiving and New Year's in an effort whose tagline is "Don't Wreck the Holidays." It's part of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and involves hundreds of state and local agencies. The goal is to remove impaired drivers from the road as quickly as possible and educate the public about the importance of safety.
The law enforcement presence will include over 100 sobriety and driver licenses checkpoints around the state.
Last year, 303 people died in Tennessee in motor vehicle accidents in which a driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This number was down by only three from the 2008 total of 306, so clearly much more needs to be done to save lives, promote public safety and hold wrongdoers accountable.
The holiday period is particularly dangerous because of the prevalence of parties at that time. In 2009, during the Christmas holiday, six people were killed in traffic crashes in Tennessee. Alcohol was involved in a third of those accidents.