Thursday, August 20, 2009
Mississippi Department of Public Safety launches crackdown on impaired driving
America is facing an impaired driving crisis and the problem is especially acute during the summer months.
That’s why the Mississippi Department of Public Safety announces it will join other police agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving this August 21 through September 7.
Impaired driving is a deadly crime. In all 50 states, 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher is impaired driving.
National Highway Safety Administration statistics show that as many as 13,500 in one year were killed involving impaired drivers.
“Impaired driving is not an accident,” said Sgt. Leslie White with the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Batesville office.
He said it is an epidemic of careless disregard for human life. All too often, innocent and law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones.
“We are committed to intensifying the crackdown, especially during the night-time and weekend hours when a high percentage of alcohol-related crashes occur,” White said. “No one should ever get that late-night phone call from the police telling them their loved one has died due to an impaired driver.”
Consider the possible consequences – jail time, loss of driving privileges, financial complications including increases in insurance costs, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work or loss of job and job prospects, not to mention having your name printed in the local newspaper.
“Driving impaired is simply not worth the consequences,” White said. “So remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest. No exceptions!”
“Over the Limit – Under Arrest” public information and education campaign, coupled with strict traffic enforcement by state and local departments, document that Mississippi has made significant progress in reducing deaths on its roadways. Traffic enforcement not only saves lives, it also supplements many criminal enforcement activities.
Reducing the incidence of DUI and increasing the use of occupant protection (seat belts) are two of the most cost effective methods to reduce death and injury on the roadways.
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