Last year, KPD acquired a dedicated DUI checkpoint trailer through a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. The trailer allows officers to efficiently conduct sobriety checks on drivers and has helped strengthen the impact of KPD’s anti-drunk driving programs.
According to KPD, alcohol or drug impairment contributed to over 43 percent of fatal crashes within Knoxville city limits in 2022. Sobriety checkpoints are an important tool for police to catch drunk drivers, raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and ultimately save lives.
Under Tennessee law, law enforcement agencies are required to announce DUI checkpoints in advance. KPD will release additional details about the June 9 sobriety checkpoint closer to the date.
Drunk driving poses a serious threat to public safety, so drivers are advised not to drink or take impairing drugs before getting behind the wheel. If you do plan to drink, make alternate arrangements for transportation instead, such as designating a sober driver, calling a cab or using a ride-sharing service. Let’s all work together to avoid senseless injuries and deaths from drunk driving.