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Independence Day Weekend Brings DWI Crackdown to Kenner
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.”
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.
· 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.
More information: Please contact Lieutenant Brian McGregor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 712-2252 with any additional questions you may have.