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Manchester Police Department increases impaired-driving enforcement for holiday season

Manchester City Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign from December 15, 2023 to January 1, 2024, surrounding the holiday season. This initiative coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired‐ driving enforcement nationwide.

During this time, MPD will have increased efforts and multiple saturation patrols of high traffic areas. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk‐driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.

The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first‐time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.

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Coffee County had two DUI fatalities in 2022, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Safety Maps here: https://gis.safety.tn.gov/Maps/TITAN/DUI/DUICrashesAndArrests/?&mobileBreakPoint=300

MPD Captain Dale Robertson, had this to say:

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