JACKSBORO, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – “According to the National Institutes of Health, 40% of deadly crashes between Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk drivers.  On average, more than 50 fatalities a year occur on New Year’s Eve alone,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. Goins and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and other agencies to make this year the safest yet.

“We constantly focus on keeping our community safe, and New Year’s Eve is no exception” said Sheriff Robbie Goins.  The sheriff adds, “We hope that citizens will celebrate responsibly, but it seems that almost every year we see a life ruined because of someone’s decision to drink and drive.”

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office shares these tips to stay safe:

·         Don’t drink and drive – for any reason.

·         If you know you will be drinking, make plans to get home safely. Designate a driver who won’t be drinking.

·         Don’t let friends and family drive under the influence. Help them find a sober ride home.

·         If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

·         Buckle up! Always wear your seatbelt and use extreme caution – you may be sober, but someone else may not.

·         If you see an impaired driver, call 911. You might save a life. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/31/2021-6AM)