Labor Day weekend 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:     8/16/17

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 18 and continuing through September 3, 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.

 “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.

 Here are some sobering statistics to remember:

  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with a blood alcohol concentration [BAC] of .08 or higher).  In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.
  • In 2015, approximately 1 in 5 children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes.  Fifty-one percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
  • Despite the fact that it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, one person is killed every 51 minutes by a drunk driver on our Nation’s roadways.
  • Of the 10,265-people killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, 63 percent were the drunk drivers themselves.
  • Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes.  In 2015, 21 percent of males were impaired in these crashes, compared to 14 percent of females.
  • Motorcycle riders have the highest overall rate of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes. In 2015, 27 percent of the motorcycle riders killed was riding impaired, compared to 21 percent for passenger cars, and 20 percent for light trucks.
  • Over the 2015 Labor Day holiday period, there were 460 crash fatalities nationwide. Forty percent of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC). Of those alcohol-related fatal crashes, nearly one third (33%) involved drivers who were impaired (.08+ BAC), and nearly one-fourth (23%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal limit (.15+ BAC).
  • In fatal crashes in August during the years 2011-2015, more than half (55%) of the drivers involved who had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving, were impaired with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • Among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2015, 44 percent of those fatalities involved drunk drivers with BACs of .08 or higher.

 And then, there are the financial impacts to consider:

  • On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more.
  • The financial impact from impaired-driving crashes can be devastating: based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion annually.

 Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.  Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s ITunes Store for IOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8).  SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.

 If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Kenner Police Department immediately by dialing 9-1-1.  Also, if you have a friend who is about to drink and drive, take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

 The two-week, high-visibility Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement and public information campaign is timed to coincide with the Labor Day holiday and the preceding weeks that many consider the final weeks of summer.

 “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.

 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

 

 
 
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Kenner, LA. 70062

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