From the Wires
'Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest' Crackdown Starts August 21, 2009
Major Enforcement Effort Seeks to Save Lives
By: Marketwire .
Aug. 20, 2009 10:58 AM
TOPEKA, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 08/20/09 -- Law enforcement throughout the state today announced officers will be out in full force during the Labor Day holiday period, beginning August 21. They will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the nation as they take part in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest crackdown on impaired driving. The enforcement blitz will last through the holiday weekend.
Drunk driving is one of America's deadliest crimes. In 2007, nearly 13,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
The picture for motorcycle riders is particularly bleak. In fatal crashes in 2007, a higher percentage of motorcycle riders (27 percent) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver.
"Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive -- a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle -- if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No exceptions. No excuses," said Romell Cooks, Regional Administrator, NHTSA Region 7. "Officers will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road -- and save lives that might otherwise be lost.
"Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Yet we continue to see far a tragic number of people with debilitating injuries and deaths as a result of impaired driving. This careless disregard for human life must stop. To help ensure that happens, officers are dedicated to arresting impaired drivers wherever and whenever we find them," said Ms. Cooks.
The national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. impaired driving crackdown is a program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.
This year's effort is supported by $13 million in paid-national advertising to help put everyone on notice that if they are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested.
For more information, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
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