13 Reasons to Drive Sober in the Smokies
Local, state, and federal law enforcement officials in the Smoky Mountain Region have joined forces to create a Foothills Law Enforcement Coalition. This 13-agency partnership consists of all the sheriff and police departments in the three Tennessee counties adjoining Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Made possible with special funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the focus of the coalition is to increase public awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired. Coalition partners will promote educational messages and coordinate law enforcement activities like sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
Foothills Law Enforcement Coalition Members
Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...