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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Labor Day Crackdown
By MADD | August 19, 2013| 3 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

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While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across the country will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives during this year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign.

Holidays like Labor Day are particularly dangerous for encountering drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 138 people were killed in drunk driving crashes over the Labor Day weekend in 2011.  That’s why, through September 2nd, officers will be out in force to help stop these 100 percent preventable tragedies.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem, as well as deterring people from committing the violent crime of drunk driving, and that’s why it is a key component of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®.

Join us in thanking law enforcement for the work they do to keep our loved ones safe during the crackdown, and all year long, by signing our online thank you card. And if you come across a sobriety checkpoint this Labor Day weekend, make sure to thank the officers for helping keep our roads safe.

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Join us in thanking law enforcement for the work they do to keep our loved ones safe during the crackdown, and all year long, by signing our online thank you card.

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Comments

Submitted by Dana at 08:23 AM on September 2, 2013
The above comment is infuriating. It only takes one DUI to kill someone. MADD is trying to help prevent that from happening. My husband was killed by an underage drinker who had been pulled over many times. If his punishment had been more severe, my children might still have a father. Any death is the worst thing that can happen to the person experiencing it!
Submitted by DbaiG at 05:27 PM on August 30, 2013
First of all thanks to the law enforcement people for the work they do for our safety! It is very unfortunate reality that at every event we receive the sad news of such crashes that mostly involve alcohol-impaired drivers. Every one has to take part to improve the situation. Good job MADD, in bringing this point to light! DbaiG Bolee.com
Submitted by Jennifer at 07:16 AM on August 30, 2013
DUI/DWI seems to be the only crime where you're punished based on what COULD have happened. While I think we should definitely throw the book at those who kill, maim or damage property due to drunk driving, the punishment seems severe for those who were just pulled over. I know MADD is behind this, and must say I've lost a great amount of respect for them. I once heard a MADD mother claim that "losing a child to drunk driving is the worst thing that could ever happen." Considering a friend of mine who lost a daughter to a rapist/murderer, I beg to differ. I think MADD just wants their pound of flesh -- and since they can't get it from the drunk who killed their child, they will take it out on anyone who gets a DUI. I would propose stiffer sentences for multiple offenders and those who kill, injure or damage property, and lightening the sentence for those who were pulled over for another reason. Enough already.

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