Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This year’s crackdown runs from
August 16 to September 2
Drunk driving crashes continue to take the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children on America’s roads every year—consistently accounting for approximately one in three motor vehicle crash fatalities annually.
Your law enforcement and safety colleagues across the nation are counting on you to join them in this year’s high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Alcohol not only impairs one’s ability to drive, it also impairs one’s judgment about whether to drive, which is why Hasbrouck Heights Police officers will be out during the summer and Labor Day holiday period, on the lookout for drunk drivers and motorcycle riders who are putting themselves and everyone else on the road at risk.
National statistics continue to underscore just how dangerous that risk is to the nation at large, and to communities like yours. In 2011, there were 9,878 fatalities on America’s highways in which drunk drivers or motorcycle riders were involved. That works out to about one death every 53 minutes.
While drunk drivers pose a safety risk to community members all year long, holiday celebrations like Labor Day can bring out drunk drivers and motorcycle riders in increasing numbers.
- During the Labor Day holiday in 2011, 138 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drivers or motorcyclists whose blood alcohol concentration was .08 or higher.
- Over this same holiday period, 44 percent of the drivers or motorcycle riders killed who had BACs of .08 or higher were 18 to 34 years old.
- Eighty-three percent of fatalities in drunk driving crashes over the 2011 Labor Day weekend occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.