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Christmas goodwill won't stop Kingsport police from rounding up drunk drivers

Staff Report • Dec 9, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Kingsport Police are looking to steer impaired drivers off the road one way or another through the remainder of the holiday season, according to a police news release.

"We will be out in force making sure drunk drivers and the aggressive driver are off of the road" said Sergeant Joe Earles. "No amount of good cheer will be able to save you from the consequences of drunk driving. If we catch you, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses."

Police encouraged citizens to make the decision not to drink and drive on their own and warned of the possible consequences for those who choose to ignore the warning.

"Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. It is deadly serious and against the law. Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers, and towing fees instead of buying holiday presents for loved ones. That’s not a great way to end the year," Earles said.

Last December, 992 people died in drunk driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

From 2006 to 2007, the number of people killed in drunk driving crashes dropped from 13,491 to 12,998. Police contributed the decline to the continuing efforts of law enforcement.

"By using education, enforcement and engineering, we are striving to reduce injuries and deaths on the highways and make our streets safe for all of the motoring public," Capt. Ed Swayze said in the release.

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