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KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Michael J. Glaser

Chief of Police

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

500 Veterans Boulevard

Kenner, LA 70062

(504) 712-2200

FAX (504) 712-2209

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact:  Sergeant Brian McGregor

 Email:     bmcgregor@kennerpd.com

 Office:    (504) 712-2252

 Date:      8/13/2014

 

Labor Day Weekend Brings DWI Crackdown to

 Kenner

 Kenner Labor Day weekend is coming up.  For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, and visiting friends and family.  Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities.  So starting August 15 and continuing through September 1, 2014, the Kenner Police Department will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end drunk driving and save lives.  The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Kenner roadways.

 In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States.  Over Labor Day weekend (6:00 p.m., Friday to 5:59 a.m., Tuesday) that year, more than a third (38%) of all traffic fatalities were in drunk-driving crashes.  These grim facts should speak for themselves, but they haven’t gotten everyone’s attention yet.

 “It’s tragic how many people lose their lives to drunk driving,” said Kenner Chief of Police Michael Glaser.  “If the news reported that more than 10,000 people were killed in a preventable crime spree, the American public would be outraged!” Chief Glaser continued.  For another consecutive year, the Kenner Police Department will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.  No tolerance, no excuses.

 Over the Labor Day weekend in 2012, there were 147 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes across the country.  And here’s a staggering statistic: out of all the crash fatalities that weekend, one in four (25%) were attributed to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher—almost twice the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash.  Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes.  Nighttime is especially dangerous; almost half (46%) of the fatalities in nighttime (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a driver with a  BAC of .08 or higher.  By comparison, 25% of the fatalities in daytime fatal crashes involved an impaired driver. 

Young drivers are overrepresented in drunk-driving crashes, too.  Among young drivers—between the ages of 18 and 34— killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (48%) had a BAC of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states.  For drivers under 21, anything above a BAC of .00 is illegal.

 “Driving drunk is totally inexcusable,” said Chief Glaser.  “We’re hoping that Kenner drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy. There’s always another way home.”  The Kenner Police Department is reminding drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before attending any events where alcohol will be served.  “Planning a sober ride home, whether it’s a friend, a taxi, or public transportation, is the right choice,” added Chief Glaser.

 This Labor Day weekend don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities. Law enforcement is not messing around: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. Remember that aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences.  A DWI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DWI costs about $10,000.

 For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

 More information:  Please contact Sergeant Brian McGregor of the KPD Public Information Office at bmcgregor@kennerpd.com or (504) 712-2252 with any additional questions you may have.

 

 

Michael
J.
Glaser

Chief of Police

 

 
 
Kenner Police Complex

500 Veterans Blvd.

Kenner, LA. 70062

(504) 712-2200

 
 
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