Road deaths involving drunk drivers up 11.5% in Tennessee

Posted at 9:40 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 23:16:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — They are staggering new numbers that show the depth of the drunk driving problem in Tennessee: Delphi Behavioral Health has released those new numbers -- which say that in just one year, roadway deaths involving drunk drivers increased 11.5% in Tennessee.

Larry Tomlin oversees a special program called a Victims' Impact Panel in Williamson county.

He says if programs like his could talk to more students before drinking becomes a problem those stats could change.

"If I can get ahead of the program, and get into these schools and get them young, and let them understand what can happen to their lives, then maybe we've got a shot," Tomlin said.

Tomlin had gone through the Victims' Impact Panel program himself when he was convicted of a DUI back in 2010, before he turned his life around and later took on the responsibility of running the program.