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MADD, THP team to crack down on drunk driving

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving is teaming up with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to crack down on drunk driving during the holiday season.

Thursday kicked off MADD's annual "Tie One On" For Safety campaign.

It urges drivers to display a red ribbon on their cars as a reminder to plan ahead for a designated non-drinking driver.

"One night, this man walked into a bar, had a few drinks and drove home," said Juan Molina, a MADD volunteer and victim of drunk driving. "Because of that, my son's not here today."

The most dangerous time for drunk driving falls between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

"There will be no breaks. There will be no second chances," said Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott. "If you are caught driving and drinking, you will be arrested in Tennessee and prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Last year there were more than 7,000 crashes caused by alcohol impairment in Tennessee.

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