According to KPD, over 43% of fatal crashes within Knoxville city limits in 2022 involved suspected alcohol or drug impairment. Sobriety checkpoints are an important tool for police to curb drunk driving and make the roads safer.
Last year, KPD acquired a dedicated DUI checkpoint trailer through a grant. The trailer allows officers to efficiently conduct sobriety checks on drivers during checkpoints. KPD aims to use the new trailer during the June 9 DUI checkpoint on Chapman Highway.
Tennessee law requires that law enforcement agencies announce DUI checkpoints in advance. KPD released details about the June checkpoint to increase public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.
Drunk driving poses a deadly threat to public safety, so drivers are advised not to drink or take impairing drugs before getting behind the wheel. Let’s all work together to avoid preventable injuries and deaths from drunk driving. Designate a sober driver or call a taxi or rideshare if you’ve been drinking.
Additional details on the June 9 DUI checkpoint will be released closer to the date. Drivers in the area should expect minor delays during the operation of the checkpoint.