Christmas and New Year's brings DWI crackdown to Kenner

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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:  Lt. Brian McGregor

 Email:     bmcgregor@kennerpd.com

 Office:    (504) 712-2252

 Date:     10/20/16

Christmas-New Year's brings DWI crackdown to Kenner

 Kenner -  The Christmas-New Year’s holiday season is here.  For many Americans, that means extra days off, shopping, holiday festivities, and visiting friends and family.  Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities.  So starting December 15, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017, 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.  

 Every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash.  That’s one person every 53 minutes.  Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades.  However, the chance of being in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three over the course of a lifetime. These deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year.  In 2014, there were 9,967 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States.  In fact, on average, over 10,000 people have died each year (2010-2014) in drunk-driving crashes.  “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.

 Among the 9,967 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in 2014, 69 percent (6,852) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher.  This was nearly twice the set limit in every State.  The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 was almost four times higher at night than during the day.  The percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes with BACs of .08 or higher was 23 percent among males and 15 percent among females.  In December 2014, 788 lives were lost due to drunk driving – one death every 57 minutes.

 “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 holiday season 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 Lieutenant 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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