The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will join with more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide to participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" impaired driving enforcement campaign from December 16, 2016 to January 1, 2017.
"Law enforcement will do what it takes to help save lives by keeping our roads safe", said Susan DeCourcy, Regional Administrator, NHTSA Region 7.
One of the Long Beach police checkpoints will be from 7 p.m.to 3 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 and a saturation patrol is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 23. "If you choose to drive impaired, not only will you risk your safety, and that of others, but you will also face the legal consequences".
To get drunken drivers off the road before they kill themselves or innocent victims, 24 impaired driving (OWI) task forces in Wisconsin coordinate and combine expertise and resources from multiple law enforcement agencies for high-visibility enforcement efforts. "However, our goal is to get people to drive sober, not to make more arrests". The ultimate cost of driving impaired, however, is causing a traffic crash resulting in a death or injury. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
If you're feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.
- Take mass transit, a taxi service, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Your actions could help save someone's life. "If they see more officers out there, it's less likely they will go out and drink and drive".
In Missouri, of the 870 total roadway fatalities in 2015, 26% of them were alcohol-related.
"We're trying to keep drunk driving from becoming a problem", Lanphere said.
In a statement, police noted that too often, drivers take to the roads after drinking at holiday celebrations.