Campbell Co. deputies work to stop annual spike in drunk driving

Campbell County deputies work to stop annual spike in drunk driving

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The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is sending more specially trained deputies out onto county roads to catch DUI offenders. The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is sending more specially trained deputies out onto county roads to catch DUI offenders.
As Detective Josh Carroll of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office heads out in his patrol car, he only has one thing on his mind: catching people who are driving under the influence. As Detective Josh Carroll of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office heads out in his patrol car, he only has one thing on his mind: catching people who are driving under the influence.
"We will take you to jail in Campbell County for drunk driving," said Sheriff Robbie Goins. "We will take you to jail in Campbell County for drunk driving," said Sheriff Robbie Goins.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - The arrival of fall has one East Tennessee community ramping up law enforcement patrols because of an unwelcome trend.

Every fall, the Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins says they see a spike in drunk driving, but this year his office isn't going to put up with it.

They're sending more specially trained deputies out onto county roads to catch these offenders.

"I hope it saves some lives. That's our goal," said Goins.

As Detective Josh Carroll of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office heads out in his patrol car, he only has one thing on his mind: catching people who are driving under the influence.

"We'll just get out and do heavy patrols and saturation throughout the county, and just look for DUIs," said Carroll. "I travel this road a lot. I care about a lot of people in this town that I don't want to get hurt."

He's part of Campbell County's new Sheriff's DUI Task Force, a group of 10 deputies whose primary focus is catching impaired drivers.

"That's what they do when they're working their shifts. They focus on nothing but DUIs," said Goins.

Goins says they're cracking down on the increase they see in impaired driving every time fall rolls around. He's tired of the dangerous and far too common problem.

"They're out there. You may have passed one today," said Goins.

So for the next several months, the task force officers will be spread out across the area in both rural and heavily trafficked zones.

"That's where they'll stay there whole shift," said Goins.

They'll be on the lookout for anyone driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

"They may be swerving inside their lane. It could be someone that's slumped over the wheel. We get a lot that will just be passed out in drive-thrus and all kinds of things," said Carroll. "In this town, the majority of the DUIs we see anymore are drug related."

Goins is ready to put the handcuffs on this problem.

"We will take you to jail in Campbell County for drunk driving," said Goins.

The Sheriff's DUI Task Force received their training through the Governor's Highway Safety office here in Tennessee.

Even when fall comes to a close, these officers will continue to patrol all year long.

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