Booze It and Lose It

Tennessee Law Enforcement Working to Prevent Accidents This Holiday Season

by Staff Blogger | December 23rd, 2015

The holidays are upon us and many Tennesseans will soon be packing up to visit friends or family. During this particular season, it’s important to keep in mind the increased chances of being involved in a motor vehicle collision.

The number of serious car accidents recorded in Tennessee notoriously skyrockets during the final weeks of the year. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain that it could be a rise in traffic volume or a swelling number of drunk drivers on the road after enjoying the holiday festivities. Regardless of why the crashes happen, law enforcement agencies from across the state are stepping up their efforts to keep our roads safe.

WKRN 2 News reports the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be partnering with local agencies during the coming days to conduct the annual “Booze It and Lose It” operations. The campaign kicked off on Friday, December 18, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in Murfreesboro, and will continue through January 3. During that time, troopers and officers will focus their efforts on taking dangerous drivers off of the road through the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

At Ponce Law, we’re aware of the hazards that can come with traveling during the holidays and our team of attorneys is hopeful the efforts being made to keep intoxicated motorists off the road is successful in preventing drunk driving accidents from occurring.

State Issues Apology for Controversial Highway Safety Campaign

by Staff Blogger | July 20th, 2015

Look at the news any day of the week in Tennessee and you’ll likely find a story about drunk driving accidents. This serious public safety concern has prompted officials to create campaigns against drunk driving. However, the attorneys at Ponce Law explain that the most recent campaign is facing criticism.

An article from FOX News stated that last weekend; coasters and other media were handed out in bars and restaurants in Nashville as part of the “100 Days of Summer Heat Booze It and Lose It” campaign. Typically this sort of promotion would be applauded, but the slogans on these items were offensive to many.

One coaster discussed buying drinks for a “marginally good-looking girl” just to find out she is “chatty” and “clingy.” Still another carried the phrase, “After a few drinks the girls look hotter”

The campaign caused a major public backlash on social media, which prompted state officials to issue an apology for the campaign. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office released a statement saying it was never the organization’s intention to offend or insult women.

At Ponce Law, we believe public safety campaigns are beneficial when they send a positive message to everyone, and we hope more effective campaigns result from this incident. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers remind Tennesseans that driving under the influence is a deadly risk that can easily be avoided. Arrange for a safe ride home if you’ve been drinking.