LS police join national campaign

August 14, 2013 

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will target drunk drivers

From mid-August through Labor Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to reduce drunk driving.

The campaign will include high-visibility enforcement and sobriety checkpoints throughout Lee’s Summit and will run from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.

The nationwide drunk driving enforcement effort will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising to create a comprehensive campaign aimed at reducing drunk driving through the Labor Day weekend.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.

The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Lee’s Summit Police Captain Jim Green. “In 2011 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers. That works out to approximately one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes.”

Green added that holidays such as the Labor Day holiday are particularly dangerous.

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