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Expect to see more sobriety checkpoints, THP troopers during the holidays

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 08:49:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It's that time of year where we are going to see more Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers on our interstates.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office and THP are joining Mothers Against Drunk Driving to crack down on drunk driving during the holidays.

There will also be an increase in sobriety checkpoints and a high visibility of law enforcement to help reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. THSO says this year-to-date, there have been 5,171 drunk-driving crashes in Tennessee.

The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the State of Tennessee may include hefty fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in your car. That device requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting or continuing to operate the vehicle.

Law enforcement wants you to enjoy the holiday. However, use a designated driver or just get an Uber or Lyft.