The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Polk County Community Traffic
Safety Team will be working this holiday season to crack down on impaired drivers.
The “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest” program is designed to detect impaired
drivers, and to identify drivers with safety violations. More importantly, the program
focuses on heightening public awareness on the dangers of driving while under the
influence of drugs or alcohol, and driving without a seat belt.
Motorists should look for sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and undercover officers
to get drunk drivers off the road.
According to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, over
13,000 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or
motorcyclists with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
That’s 13,000 family members who won’t celebrate another holiday with their loved ones.
“Drunk driving is not worth the risk,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “It’s deadly serious and, it’s
against the law. If you drink and drive, you will be arrested. Don’t ask us to deliver bad
news to your family this holiday season.”
Always plan ahead, if you plan to drink, don’t drive. Designate a sober driver ahead of
time. Buckle your seatbelts. Use protective gear for motorcycles. And remember, never
allow a friend to drive impaired.