The phrase, "I just got nailed by the cops," is taking on a whole new meaning thanks to the Governor's Highway Safety Office and the "Drive Drunk, Get Nailed" message.
GHSO has already spread the message to many in Middle Tennessee in a unique and surprising way. Vehicles with 10 foot nails driven through the hoods and trunks are appearing in high visibility locations across Middle Tennessee in an effort to spread the word.
One of those vehicles is now in Smithville, currently located at City Hall.
"There is never a good reason for getting behind the wheel after you've been drinking," said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. "Unfortunately, many people are still not getting the message, so we hope this new campaign will help draw attention to the problem of drunk driving in Tennessee."
The nailed vehicles are part of a campaign to make drivers aware that Tennessee's law enforcement agencies will be stepping up enforcement on the roads this summer and watching for anyone speeding, riding without a safety belt, or driving while under the influence.
"Impaired driving will not be tolerated on the roadways of Smithville this summer, or at any other time throughout the year," said Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger. "If you are driving aggressively, impaired, or without a safety belt, you will get ‘nailed.'"
"Our goal is to generate buzz in Tennessee communities with this campaign, and continue to save lives on Tennessee's roadways at an unprecedented rate," said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. "Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for every age group in the United States, and it is particularly disturbing that most of these crashes are preventable."