Independence Day Weekend brings DWI crackdown in Kenner

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Michael J. Glaser

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Kenner, LA 70062

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 Contact:  Lt. David Desforges


 Office:    (504) 712-2305

 Date:     6/27/19

Independence Day Weekend brings DWI crackdown in 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 Monday, July 1, 2019 and continuing through Sunday, July 7, 2019, 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, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes—that's one person every 48 minutes in 2017. These deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year.  In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion that year.

 In 2017, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving-related crashes, which translated to 29% of motor vehicle traffic fatalities caused by drunk driving.  Additionally, 220 children aged 14 years and under were killed in drunk driving crashes that year.  Men are also more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes.   In 2017, 21% of men were drunk in these crashes, compared to 14% for women.

 Alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood.  This is called Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC.  At a BAC of .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter (g/dL) of blood, crash risk increases exponentially.  Because of this risk, it’s illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.  However, even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability.  In 2017, there were 1,837 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where drivers had lower alcohol levels (BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL).

 “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.

       ·         Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

·         Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

·         If you are 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, do not 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.

 “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.”

 For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit

 More information:  Please contact Lieutenant David Desforges at or (504) 712-2305 with any additional questions you may have.



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