The Ada Police Department announced today that it is joining close to 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins Aug. 16 and runs through Labor Day.
Ada Police will be joined in their efforts by the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department, the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
“Our message is simple and unwavering,” said APD Sgt. Jason Potter. “If we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”
Across the country it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. According to the latest data, nearly a third of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC above the legal limit – an average of one fatality every 53 minutes.
In 2011, almost 10,000 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Over the past five years, an average of 220 people per year were arrested in alcohol- or drug-related traffic stops by Ada Police Department officers alone.
Potter said that law enforcement officers will aggressively search for impaired drivers during the campaign and will arrest anyone found driving while impaired – regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day. In addition, seat belt law violators will be ticketed.
“Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” Potter said.
For more information on the campaign, please visit www.stopimpaireddriving.org.