Alcohol leads to nearly half of all deadly crashes on July 4, according to information provided by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
“Every year, Americans head out on our nation’s highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades, and more,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. “Regrettably, for many, the celebrating includes drinking alcohol, which often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year.”
To crack down on drunk driving around Independence Day, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger, the press release said.
“Sheriff’s deputies will be out working to make our roadways safe,” the release said. “If you’re caught driving drunk this Independence Day, you will be arrested. The consequences of drunk driving are that serious. Not only could you put your life and the lives of others at risk, but a DUI (driving under the influence) arrest means a loss of freedom and money, including going to jail, losing your license, and paying steep financial expenses.”
This effort is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Tennessee Department of Transportation, the press release said.