published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Franklin County, its towns focus on DUI enforcement after record fatalities in 2012

In the wake of a 300-percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2012, Franklin County officials want the driving public to know that if you drive drunk there you’ll go to jail.

Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller says law enforcement agencies in the county will “refocus” efforts on traffic and DUI enforcement to bring those numbers down.

At 12 deaths, Fuller said 2012 had the highest number of fatalities since 2007 when 14 people lost their lives in Franklin County crashes.

“Nine of them had alcohol involved,” Fuller recalled. “We really took a hard focus on the DUI aspect of it then.”

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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