Police step up DUI enforcement
Shelbyville police plan an increased focus on impaired driving enforcement through New Year's Eve.
The department has received a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It holiday campaign. Officers will target all offenses with specific attention to impaired drivers. The Shelbyville Police Department's Facebook page will include information on the dangers of impaired driving.
The initiative is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide campaign. Plans include increased sobriety checkpoints -- several are planned by the Tennessee Highway Patrol -- and high visibility.
One DUI conviction for a first-time offender can lead to costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment and/or the installation of a vehicle ignition interlock device.
Chief Jan Phillips said he wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season with family and friends.