Last updated: June 19. 2014 3:07PM - 646 Views
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WILLIAMSON - If drunk driving was eliminated, more than 10,000 lives would be spared each year.

Joining other law enforcement agencies in a national campaign that is known as the “2014 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, the Williamson City Police Department plan to do their part to see that those who make the bad decision of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol and/or drugs are punished to the fullest extent the law allows.

As part of the DUI Crackdown scheduled to take place from June 19 through July 7, a high-visibility enforcement campaign will cover the beginning and middle of summer, more specifically the busy holiday times.

“Our goal is to reduce drunk drivers and drunk driving related fatalities along our local roadways,” said Williamson Chief Barry Blair.

Statistics show that in 2012, Labor Day weekend (from Friday at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Tuesday) resulted in 147 drunk-driving fatalities nationwide. To put this in perspective, someone is killed in an alcohol impaired driving crash across the nation on an average of every 51 minutes. Over the Labor Day weekend, the statistics jumps to one death every 34 minutes that were attributed to alcohol. And not surprisingly, nighttime is the worst, with almost half (46 percent) of all nighttime traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Last year alone, in West Virginia, there were more than 9,750 DUI arrests statewide. Fatalities where alcohol was involved in the crash reach more than 90 cases.

Law enforcement officers ask that the public remembers that their participation will save lives, so please remind family, friends and acquaintances to not drive if they are impaired.

It’s very simple…everyone needs to remind themselves to “drive sober - or get pulled over.”

For additional information and resources associated with this campaign, you may visit the website www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or contact Beau Evans, the Director of the Huntington, WV Safety Office at evansb@cityofhuntington.com.

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