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UCPD cracking down on drivers under influence

UCPD cracking down on drivers under influence

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:46 pm

 The Union City Police Department is extending its enforcement crackdown through the holiday season under the tagline “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” The intensified enforcement effort against drunk drivers underscores the severity of the problem both locally and across the nation. “We will be out in force making sure drunk drivers are off the road,” Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said. “No amount of good cheer will be able to save you from the consequences of drunk driving. If we catch you, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminis-tration, 992 people were killed in December 2007 in crashes that involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher — above the legal limit in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia. In 2007, there were 12,998 fatalities in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider who had a .08 or above BAC compared with 13,491 in 2006. Garner emphasized the critical role that law enforcement plays in helping solve this serious problem. “Even though we’ve seen nationwide reductions in drunk driving deaths since 2007, our work is far from over,” Garner said. “Too many people continue to suffer tragic injuries and the loss of a loved one as a result of this serious crime.” Union City police recommend designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include: • Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys; • If you’re impaired, call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely; • Use your community’s Sober Rides program where it is available; • Promptly report drink drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement; and • Wear a seat belt or use protective gear on motorcycles, which is the best defense against an impaired driver. “Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk,” Garner added. “It is deadly serious and against the law. Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers and towing fees instead of buying holiday presents for loved ones. That’s not a great way to end the year.” Since 1981, every president of the United States has demonstrated a commitment to the prevention of impaired driving by proclaiming December National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. For more information about prevention efforts, visit the Web site www.StopImpairedDriving.org. Published in The Messenger 12.18.08

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