Carnival Season 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. Michael Cunningham

 Email:     mcunningham@kennerpd.com

 Office:    (504) 712-2420

 Date:     2/11/20

Carnival Season Brings DWI Crackdown to Kenner

KENNER — The Carnival season is here.  In our community, this means attending, viewing, and enjoying Mardi Gras parades with friends and family.  Unfortunately, it also means the potential for drunk-driving-related fatalities.  So starting Friday, February 14, 2020, and continuing through Thursday, February 27, 2020, 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.

 Here are some sobering statistics to remember:

  • Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that's one person every 50 minutes in 2018, for a total of 10,511 fatalities that year, or 29% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
  • Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades.  However, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year.  These deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44B per year.
  • 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 2018, 231 children aged 14 years and younger were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • 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.
  • Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes.  In 2018, 21% of men were drunk in these crashes compared to 14% of women.  That’s 4 male drunk drivers for every female drunk driver.
  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver.  In 2018, 24% of young drivers 15 to 20 years old who were killed in crashes had BACs of .01 g/dL or higher.
  • The highest percentage of drunk drivers in 2018 (with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher) were 21- to 24-year-olds, at 27%, followed by 25- to 34-year-olds, at 26%.
  • In 2018, 4,675 people operating a motorcycle were killed in traffic crashes. Of those motorcycle riders, 1,213 (26%) were drunk (BAC of .08 g/dL or higher).  Additionally, motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to have the highest percentage (25%) of alcohol-impaired drivers than any other vehicle types.  The 40+ age group made up 53% of drunk motorcyclists killed.
  • 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.

 “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 or contact a ride-sharing company before attending any parades or events where alcohol will be served.  “Planning a sober ride home, whether it’s a friend, a taxi, ride-sharing, or public transportation, is the right choice,” added Chief Glaser.

 Don’t let Carnival 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.

 For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

 
 

Michael
J.
Glaser

Chief of Police

 

 
 
Kenner Police Complex

500 Veterans Blvd.

Kenner, LA. 70062

(504) 712-2200

 
 
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