September 7th, 2013 at 9:11 am
Labor Day weekend is typically known as the last ‘official’ weekend of summer. Along with the parties can cookouts comes the stepped-up traffic enforcement details, including roadside safety checks and late-night seat belt enforcement zones.
This Labor Day, more than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in force to crackdown on impaired drivers for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown.
At a recent press announcement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “”Drunk driving remains a serious, deadly crime that all too often destroys the lives of innocent victims. We’re sending a message today that we will not tolerate drunk driving, so if you have had too much to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.”
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, nearly 10,000 people are dying each year in drunken driving crashes: 27 people a day or one person every 53 minutes. Other statistics include:
- In 2011, 3,371 people were killed in DUI crashes who were not the drunk driver.
- 1,612 were passengers in a drunk driver’s vehicle, many of them too young to drive, including 91 children under the age of 15 years old.
- 1,049 were motorists of other vehicles involved in a crash with a drunk driver.
- 710 were pedestrians or bicyclists.
- 6,507 were the drunk drivers themselves.
Here in Illinois, the Department of Transportation will partner with the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police and the NHTSA to educate the community about smart ways to travel this weekend, all part of the continued Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
If you are arrested and accused of driving under the influence, contact an experienced Chicago-area DUI attorney to represent you. Even a first-time offender faces loss of license and serious fines and penalties if convicted.