With more people expected to be traveling on West Liberty/Morgan County roadways
this Labor Day holiday, law enforcement will be out in full force
checkpoints and saturation patrols to protect citizens
from this deadly crime.
“Our message is simple – Drunk Driving Over The
Limit Under Arrest,” said Assistant
Chief Wayne Lewis. “We encourage anyone planning on
drinking alcohol or using drugs to be responsible and designate a sober
driver. With checkpoints, roving patrols, undercover officers and
concerned citizens, chances are if you drive impaired this holiday, you
will be arrested.”
Impaired driving is one of
’s most-often-committed and deadliest crimes. According to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, more than 1.4 million
people nationwide were arrested in 2004 for driving under the influence.
Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration for 2004 show that nearly 13,000 people died in highway
crashes involving a driver with an illegal blood-alcohol concentration
level of 0.08 or higher.
“Driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 and
above is illegal in every state,” said County
Attorney Steve O’Connor.
“Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers and
towing fees instead of on the last days of their summer vacations.
The national impaired-driving crackdown is
’s “Drunk Driving Over The Limit Under Arrest” advertising
campaign that puts drivers on notice that if they drive impaired, they
will be caught and prosecuted.
Studies from NHTSA show that Americans support
tougher enforcement and consider drunk driving an important social
issue, ahead of health care, poverty, the environment and gun control.
Nearly 97 percent of Americans view drinking and driving by others as a
threat to their families and themselves. The majority of Americans also
support increased enforcement efforts like sobriety checkpoints to
protect innocent victims from impaired drivers.
NHTSA’s data also shows that motorcycle operators
have the highest incidence of drunk driving-related fatal crashes. In
2003, motorcycles accounted for 29 percent, light trucks for 22 percent,
passenger cars for 22 percent and large trucks for 1 percent of all
fatal crashes where a driver had a BAC level of 0.08 and above.
Furthermore, almost half (44 percent) of the 1,501 motorcycle operators
who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2003 were intoxicated.
Assistant Chief Lewis reminds everyone to plan ahead.
“If you find it hard to figure out if you’ve had too much to drive
– don’t risk it. Most likely if you’re feeling ‘buzzed,’
you’re impaired, and if you drive, we will be out in force to catch
West Liberty Police Department reminds everyone: