KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael J. Glaser
Chief of Police
500 Veterans Boulevard
FAX (504) 712-2209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Brian McGregor
Independence Day Weekend Brings DWI Crackdown to Kenner
— Independence Day weekend is coming
Americans love to
celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks,
but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The
fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest
holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.
So starting Thursday, July 2
and continuing through Sunday, July 5, 2015, 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
to data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
during the July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2009
to 2013), 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with
a BAC of .08 or more. In
2013, Forbes magazine named
the Independence Day holiday “the most dangerous holiday of the year.”
Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 alone (6 p.m. July
3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 8th), there were 199 people
killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads.
“The Kenner Police
Department is ramping up their enforcement to make our roads safer this
Fourth of July,” said Kenner Chief of Police Michael Glaser.
“For everyone’s sake, don’t drink and drive or you will be
arrested. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero
tolerance for drunk driving—no excuses.”
Data from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 10,076 people were
killed in drunk-driving crashes in the
United States in 2013—representing
almost a third of all crash fatalities.
By comparison, during the July Fourth period that year, 39
percent of all crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
every state, it is illegal to drive with a
blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or
higher, yet people continue to break the law and drive drunk.
And the rate of high-BAC impaired driving is astounding.
In fatal crashes during the July Fourth period in 2013, more than
one-fifth (21%) of involved drivers or motorcycle operators had BACs of
.15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit.
data also reveals that 35 percent of young drivers (18 to 34 years old)
were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher) in fatal crashes over the July
Fourth period in 2013.
Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage
of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes.
In 2013, more than one-quarter (27%) of motorcycle operators in
fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.
drivers are more common at night, too.
Over the July 4th holiday in 2013, more than two
fifths (42%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59
a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 13 percent of drivers in
fatal crashes during the day.
“This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by
helping to make Kenner roads safer for everyone,” said Chief
Glaser. “Remember,” he
warned, “to Drive Sober or Get
Pulled Over. It’s as simple as that.”
Law enforcement is not messing
around this Independence Day: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will
be arrested. And keep in mind
that aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk,
driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences.
A DWI arrest can mean time in
jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average
DWI costs about $10,000.
Chief Glaser recommends these
simple tips to prevent drunk driving.
Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or
use public transportation.
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to
contact the Kenner Police Department.
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take
your friend’s keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get
to where he or she is going safely.
For more information about the
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Please contact Lieutenant Brian McGregor at
or (504) 712-2252 with any additional questions you may have.