Thursday, August 22, 2013
Summerville Police has joined a nationwide effort to crack down on drunk driving. From mid-August through Labor Day, September 2, police will mount sobriety checkpoints and saturations patrols as part of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Anyone driving drunk, they say, will be caught and face serious consequences.
Labor Day weekend is a national focus. In 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 138 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers. These were 36 percent of the traffic fatalities for the year.
Young drivers – 18 to 34 years old – accounted for 44 percent of the Labor Day drunk driver fatalities in 2011.
If caught, drunk drivers can expect to be arrested and taken to jail, police say. They can lose their driver’s license, be embarrassed in their personal and professional life, and face severe financial consequences such as rising insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and potential job loss.
Summerville Police hope to reduce the number of impaired driving fatalities in the community by taking part in this national initiative.