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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 8/16/2007 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic Deputies to Participate in National Labor Day DUI Crackdown 

Polk County Sheriff’s traffic deputies will be joining thousands of law enforcement agencies nationwide in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. campaign that begins Friday, August 17th and ends after Labor Day weekend. PCSO deputies will conduct saturation patrols and traffic checkpoints focusing on cracking down on impaired drivers during this especially dangerous time of the year.

This national impaired driving crackdown is a prevention program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2005, nearly 12,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 or higher. The picture for motorcycle operators is particularly bleak. Forty-one percent of the 1,878 motorcycle operators who died in a single-vehicle crash in 2005 had a BAC of .08 or higher.

Sheriff Grady Judd reminds residents, “Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Yet we continue to see far too many people suffer debilitating injuries and a loss of their loved ones as a result of impaired driving. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to arresting impaired drivers wherever and whenever we find them.”