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Law Enforcement Crackdown on Drinking & Driving

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Panama City Beach, Fla. -

 

The holidays may be a joyous time of year, but it's also a dangerous time. In December 2010, 30% percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involved drivers under the influence----that's why law enforcement is cracking down on drunk driving.

The drive sober or get pulled over campaign starting Wednesday will help authorities to keep drivers safe.

Across the country an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, men were responsible for four in five (81%) episodes of drinking and driving in 2010. that's 81% percent of cases.

In addition, 71% percent of alcohol impaired driving fatalities occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit for blood-alcohol concentration. The legal limit is .08 bac.

The Panama City Beach Police Department is taking part in the national campaign and says, "When you consume alcohol, you dull your senses and your reasoning doesn't always get sharper. So the one drink may turn into two---two drinks can turn into three, and when your thinking process starts to slow you start to think one more is not so bad." Officer Shaun Maguadog says.

The department provided us with a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Plan ahead.  If you will be drinking, do not drive. Designate a sober driver or arrange another safe way home. 
  • If you are impaired, find another way home.  Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • Be responsible.  If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.  If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement.  Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.