Crossville police to increase drunk driving enforcement on Labor Day weekend

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- This year, the Crossville Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers through a high-visibility national enforcement campaign, which will run from August 16 through September 4, 2017.

During this period, local law enforcement will be showing zero tolerance towards drunk driving incidences.

According to NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, which was an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.

Over the Labor Day holiday in 2015, there were a total of 460 crash fatalities nationwide. Forty percent of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking, and one-third of those crashes involved drivers who were drunk.

"We're stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community," said Patrolman Daniel Coleman. "Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. If you're out on the roads and you see someone driving drunk, please call us. You could help save a life."

The Crossville Police Department recommended downloading NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or a pre-determined friend, and identifies the user's location so they can be picked up.