The Labor Day holiday is this weekend, and Anderson County District Attorney General Dave Clark is reminding people to not drive under the influence.
Citing statistics that indicate that nearly one out of every three traffic deaths in America occur in impaired-driving crashes, Clark in a press release said all of the countyâ€™s municipal police departments and Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Office are taking part in a high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed at reducing impaired driving fatalities and serious injury crashes. If you are driving under the influence, the minimum penalty in Tennessee includes 48 hours behind bars, a one-year suspension of your driver’s license and a $350 fineâ€”plus the other severe financial consequences such as rising insurance rates, attorney fees and court costs, lost time at work, as well as potential job loss and the personal and professional embarrassment, Clark said.
Last year in Tennessee, 12 people died in 11 traffic accidents across the state during the Labor Day Holiday. While only two of those accidents involved alcohol, law enforcement agencies across the state will be cracking down this weekend, looking for impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, reckless drivers, and drivers not wearing their seat belts or properly securing children, as seven of last yearâ€™s Labor Day fatalities were not buckled up.