National Drunk Driving Campaign Planned for August through Labor Day

Aug. 14, 2008 – The Virgin Islands Police Department and V.I. Office of Highway Safety will be joining with thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation from Aug. 15 through the Labor Day holiday to take part in the "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" crackdown on impaired driving.
The crackdown is a prevention program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.
Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but also the trauma and financial cost of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant.
Law enforcement officers will be out in full force conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and using undercover officers to get more drunk drivers off the road and save lives.
· If you are planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver before going out–and give that person your keys
· If you are impaired, do not drive– call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely
· Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement
· Wear your seat belt while in a car or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle as these are your best defenses against an impaired driver
· And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys–and help them get to where they are going safely.

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