The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is heading a national crackdown on drunken driving. The 2011 Labor Day Crackdown began August 19 and will run through September 5, Labor Day. The campaign's slogan is "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
Law enforcement in Maryland and throughout the country will be stepping up efforts to pull over suspected drunken drivers and will be making increased DUI arrests. The focus for law enforcement is on being highly visible and also through airing public safety messages all with the goal of improving safety on the highways during the last two weeks of summer.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, several coordinated efforts will be underway in Maryland to crack down on DUI during the holiday weekend and in the time surrounding it. The state's six-month impaired driving program will be launching during this time. The extended enforcement and education program is called Checkpoint Strikeforce. This local effort is tied in with the national crackdown.
The two main focuses of the state, local and national law enforcement efforts in Maryland will be increasing law enforcement presence in areas known to have many car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver in the past. There will also be several sobriety checkpoints set up in similar areas.
There will also be several radio and TV advertisements that remind people not to drink and drive and warning people of the increased law enforcement presence on the roadways. Remember to plan a safe way home before going to a party where alcohol will be served. It is best to have a designated driver as well as a back-up plan in case that driver does not work out. Back up plans could include programming a few taxi service numbers into your phone.
Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!
Source: Governors Highway Safety Association, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: 2011 Labor Day Crackdown," Aug. 19 - Sept. 5