Iowa Law Enforcement Participates in National Drunk Driving Campaign: “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:20
- Published on Saturday, 20 August 2011 00:00
Des Moines, IOWA --- Iowa law enforcement will join nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, August 25th-September 7th, in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving and other traffic offenses. The effort has been dubbed, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Impaired driving is a serious problem. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of alcohol-impaired, driving fatalities in America fell from 2008 to 2009, but the fatality totals are still too high. In Iowa during 2009, there were 371 fatalities with 92 resulting from an alcohol related crash, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Nationwide 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.
“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,” advised Larry Sauer – Bureau Chief for the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “Since twice as many alcohol-impaired crashes occur over the weekend, and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times.”
Across the country, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. According to the latest data, nearly a third of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC above the legal limit – an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.
Law enforcement around the state will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers and other traffic violators during the crackdown. During last year’s special traffic enforcement period (sTEP), August 24–September 6, there were 7 fatalities, two of which were alcohol related. Also during the enforcement effort, nearly 35,500 traffic violations were reported by Iowa’s law enforcement.
Sauer further stated, “I believe Iowa’s efforts over the sTEP enforcement waves and throughout the year are making a difference in saving lives and reducing serious traffic crashes. Motorists recognize driving impaired is simply not worth the consequences. Don’t risk it. Remember: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
For more information, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.