Independence 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:     6/27/17

Independence Day Weekend Brings DWI Crackdown to Kenner

 Kenner Independence Day weekend is coming up.  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 Friday, June 30, 2017 and continuing through Tuesday, July 4, 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.

 In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving-related crashes. To put it into perspective, that’s one person killed every 51 minutes.  It’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing, with no survivors.  During the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period (6:00 p.m., July 2 to 5:59 a.m., July 6), 92 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher, and 146 people died in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08.  In fact, from 2011-2015, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
 

 “If you choose to head out to a Fourth of July party and make the terrible decision to drink and drive, don’t make be mistaken—if you get caught, you will be arrested,” said Kenner Chief of Police Michael Glaser.  He added, “This is deadly, irresponsible behavior, and we will be out in full force to put a stop to it wherever we can.  The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving.  There are plenty of safe ways for you to get home after a night of drinking alcohol - no excuses!  The Kenner Police Department will ramp up its enforcement to make our roads safer this Fourth of July.”

 NHTSA data shows that young drivers (18 to 34 years old) are especially at risk of driving drunk.  In fact, 49 percent of the drivers 18 to 34 years old who were killed over the July Fourth period in 2015 were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher).  Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes.  In 2015, more than a third (36%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

 “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.”

 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 campaign, visit  www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

More information:  Please contact Lieutenant Brian McGregor 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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