Impaired Driving Crackdown Continues Through Labor Day
WHAT: As Americans begin celebrating the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement agencies from throughout the Midwest will be focusing their effort on keeping the roads safe by continuing their crackdown on impaired drivers. Over 10,000 law enforcement agencies are participating in the nationwide crackdown with over 2,400 involved from the Midwest.
The problem of impaired driving is a serious one and is still one of America’s deadliest crimes. While data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in America fell from 2008 to 2009, the numbers are still too high. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit.
That’s why law enforcement agencies from throughout the country have initiated an intensive crackdown on impaired driving known by its new tag line, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. According to the latest data, nearly one third of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC above the legal limit of .08 – an average of one fatality every 48 minutes. Law enforcement agencies are being especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime and weekend hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on the roads.
WHEN: September 1 through 5, 2011
WHERE: Communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. For more information, please visitwww.StopImpairedDriving.org.