Washington, D.C. – Results from a recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 70 percent of DUI-related fatalities are caused by drivers whose blood alcohol content is twice the legal limit. An alarming statistic and the driving force behind a national crackdown on drunk drivers.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign launches today, August 17th and runs through Sept. 3rd, after the Labor Day holiday.
The NHTSA along with 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country will ramp up their efforts to catch intoxicated drivers and keep fatalities low.
“Thanks to the dedication and hard work of law enforcement and safety partners like MADD, we’ve made significant progress in reducing roadway deaths this year,” said Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary, “But drunk driving remains a serious, unacceptable threat to our families and communities.
The enhanced enforcement efforts include more DUI checkpoints and increased patrols. Police also encourages everyone to report anyone they suspect of drunk driving. Our campaign in clear- if you chose to drive drunk, you will be held accountable.”
During key holidays, such as the Fourth of July, law enforcement agencies increase their efforts to catch intoxicated drivers. More people on the roads raise the likelihood that more drunk drivers are out there.
Many people don’t realize that just two, three or four drinks can raise their BAC, and push them over the legal limit. When they get caught, a whole string of legal headaches will soon follow. DUI attorneys can help the offender deal with all the legal issues and very possibly stop a conviction.
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