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KPD emphasizes impaired driving enforcement over holidays

Staff report • Dec 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

KINGSPORT — As part of their participation in the Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s Booze It and Lose It campaign, Kingsport police say officers are making impaired driving enforcement a priority through the end of 2017. 

In Tennessee, a drunk driver’s level of intoxication is typically determined by the measurement of blood alcohol content. A BAC measurement of 0.08 percent defines the criminal offense. But in the Volunteer State, DUI laws apply not only to alcohol, but to any substance that impairs the ability to drive.

Those substances include illegal drugs, over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs — even when prescribed by a physician and taken as directed.

The Kingsport Police Department warns that a conviction of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol can impact your life in many ways: loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment and incarceration.

Impaired driving and impaired-related crashes constitute one of the nation’s leading health problems. These events result in more deaths each year than do homicides; furthermore, alcohol is a factor in 35 percent of all crashes throughout the United States.

According to data previously released by the KPD, Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday weekends are statistically two of the deadliest periods of the year for motorists. 

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