Friday, July 02, 2010
July 4th Crackdown On Drunk Drivers
The Bryan Police Department is warning the citizens that officers will be out during the Fourth of July holiday period, cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest enforcement.
Driving while drunk is not worth the tremendous risk. No matter your age, if you’ve had too many alcoholic beverages, you need to find a safe and sober ride home or your chances of arrest are high.
In 2008 during the July 4th holiday period (6:00PM THURSDAY JULY 3rd TO 5:59 AM MONDAY JULY 7th, 2008) there were a total of 491 traffic related fatalities. Out of that number, 43 percent involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Too many people still fail to understand that alcohol and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident—nor is it a victimless crime. It’s vitally important that we bring this tragic situation to an end.
Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest problems. In 2008, 37,261 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Out of that number 11,773 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Much of the tragedy from drunk driving can be prevented with a few simple precautions before going out to celebrate:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
Use our community’s Sober Ride program (taxi or CARPOOL);
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
• And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses.
The Bryan Police Department reminds everyone that no matter what you drive—a passenger car, pickup, or motorcycle—if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested.
Officer Jason B. James
Bryan Police Department
Public Information Officer
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