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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office

November 20, 2017

 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Impaired driving crackdown aims to reduce fatalities

 

The end of November is traditionally marked by Thanksgiving events. The long weekend is typically celebrated through dinners, sports activities and shopping as families and friends enjoy the waning days of autumn. Thanksgiving can also be deadly, with impaired drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways.

 

Law enforcement officers from the entire Kalamazoo area will be watching. If we see you driving while impaired, we will stop and arrest you. No second chances. As you head out to Thanksgiving festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

The high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from November 22nd through December 10th. During this period, area law enforcement agencies will show zero tolerance for impaired driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce impaired driving on the nation’s roadways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,265 fatalities in 2015 in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. This totaled 29 percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide for the year. In the United States, a person is killed in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes. Ten people lost their lives on Michigan roads during the 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday period. Throughout 2016, 416 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved crashes, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. Have a great Thanksgiving and drive safe. The Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

 

 

 

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