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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

PIO 
News Date: 12/20/2007 

 Drunk Driving: Over the Limit.  Under Arrest. 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a traffic safety initiative this holiday
season utilizing “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest” program.


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
working 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 over 13,000 family members who won’t celebrate another holiday with their loved
ones. Ever.


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.
“If you drink and drive, you will be arrested,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “There is no reason
for violating the law with community programs such as ‘Tow and Go.’ If you choose to
drink during the holidays, there is someone you can call to get you home safely. Please
spend Christmas with family and friends, not in jail, the hospital, or worse, the county
morgue.”


“Tow and Go” is offered to the community by AAA and Budweiser. A free ride and the
towing of your car can be as easy as dialing 1-800-AAA-HELP.
And remember, never allow a friend to drive impaired.