The School Resource Unit of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and Allies For Substance Abuse Prevention of Anderson County (ASAP) will also be hosting a DUI Simulation Class for students at Anderson County High School, 130 Maverick Circle, on Friday, April 21st at 11:00am. Using DUI simulation goggles while operating a golf cart, students will be able to see first-hand the effects of driving while under the influence.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Clinton Police Department, Anderson County EMS, Anderson County Rescue Squad, Andersonville Fire Department, Clinton Fire Department, and Lifestar along with representatives with Anderson County Schools will be participating in this event. Golf carts will be provided by Tommy’s Motorsports of Clinton.
The event will be held in the rear of the school in the parking lot behind the cafeteria. This parking lot can be accessed by driving beside the gym which is to the right of the main lobby.
A message from the Sheriff’s Department — It’s a special time for our high school students and their families as proms and graduations are traditions for our young students and the community. These times celebrate achievements, reflect on the past, and take the first steps into adulthood. Unfortunately, some teenagers believe the deadly mix of alcohol and driving is also a part of this tradition. Too many are injured or killed after the prom or graduation.
Students headed to the prom and from graduations are reminded not to drink and drive. Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department will be out in force on prom nights and after graduations. DUI, illegal drugs, and underage drinking will get you a ride to jail.
The Sheriff Department also reminds teens that getting caught drinking while under the age of 21 can result in losing their driver’s license, getting suspended from school, ejected from sports teams, and even banned from graduation ceremonies.
Those establishments that sell alcohol are reminded to ID. Underage sales and purchases will prosecuted. Spot checks of beer sellers will also be done and not only will the clerks who sell beer be cited but underage purchasers will be charged as well.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting saturation patrols throughout the prom and graduation weeks. This traffic safety effort is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Last year 53 people lost their lives in Tennessee due to distracted driving. The ASAP Ambassadors are celebrating distracted driving this April and encouraging all students to complete a parent-teen driving agreement. The agreements are available at Anderson County High School, Clinton High School, and Oak Ridge High School. Click here for the Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.
On behalf of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, please help us convey that deaths from alcohol related crashes are preventable. Drunk and impaired driving is a choice – and a crime.