Despite the fact that every driver should know it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle or motorcycle while impaired, thousands of people get behind the wheel each year with a blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher—the legal limit in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
In fact, more than 10,000 people died in crashes in 2010 that involved a driver or motorcycle rider who had a BAC of .08 or higher. That’s one person every 51 minutes who died needlessly in a crash that likely could have been prevented if alcohol hadn't been involved.
The is joining nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies and other highway safety partners nationwide to support the intensive crackdown over the Labor Day holiday that will target anyone driving impaired. Efforts will include saturation patrols. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested and you will face serious consequences.
During the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown from August 17 to September 3, impaired drivers will be targeted and arrested. Law enforcement are taking aggressive steps to decrease the numbers of impaired-driving fatalities across the nation, which in 2010 accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
Young adults are often those most at risk. Fifty-four percent of young (18- to 34-year-old) drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were alcohol-impaired (BAC of .08 or higher.)
We support law enforcement cracking down to remind people that if they plan to drink, to never get behind the wheel. The consequences from impaired driving are deadly serious. Even if no one is killed, people who are caught driving impaired face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and numerous financial consequences—such as attorney fees, higher insurance rates, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of their job.
Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk, so don’t take the chance. Please remember, police will be out in force, so “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Or they will catch and arrest you because they are going to save lives. It’s your choice, but it’s their duty.
Editor's Note: This information was provied via press release from the Town of Brookfield Police Department.