America is facing an impaired-driving crisis and the problem is especially acute during the summer months.
That’s why the Bryant Police Department today announced it will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving this Aug. 21–Sept.7, known by its tagline, Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.[more]
In 2007 alone, nearly 13,000 people died in crashes in which the drivers or motorcycle riders were legally impaired, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Among them were 245 children under age 15 — innocent victims of crashes that could have been avoided.
“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. We’ll be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Lt. JW Plouch.
In every state as well as the District of Columbia it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. More than 10,000 police agencies will participate in this year’s mid-August through Labor Day crackdown, including law enforcement officers representing every state, the District of Columbia, and many U.S. cities and towns.
According to the latest data, 32 percent of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 g/dL or above — an average of one fatality every 40 minutes.
Bryant Police Department said its officers will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired — regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day.
“Our message is simple and unwavering. If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Plouch. “Even if you beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, motorists should be aware that the consequences of driving while impaired can still virtually destroy your life."
According to Bryant Police Department, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use an ignition interlock. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
“Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you’re under arrest,” said Plouch.
The national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown is led by NHTSA and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.
For more information on the crackdown, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.