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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest
The "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest" campaign is gearing up for the 2008 Labor Day Crackdown; drivers better think twice about getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol this Labor Day holiday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is partnering with the Governors Highway Safety Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to remind drivers to be particularly careful and sober during the holiday weekend.
The national president of MADD, Laura Dean-Mooney, said, "Spare yourself and others the heartbreak of a drunk driving crash. Designate a safe and sober driver before you travel during Labor Day, or any day." According to 2005 Labor Day holiday statistics, 39 percent of the 506 total traffic fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol content was greater than the legal .08 limit.
Thousands of local and state law enforcement agencies will employ sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and other intensive law enforcement initiatives to make our nation's roads are free from drunk driving this Labor Day. Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes, in juries and fatalities from 18 to 24 percent.
MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is calling for increased law enforcement and greater support for existing technology. For example, alcohol ignition interlocks on convicted offenders' vehicles have proved to be an average of 64 percent effective in reducing repeat offenses.
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