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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Driving vehicle impaired crackdown is joint effort

  • A comprehensive, protracted law enforcement effort will begin this Friday to look for impaired drivers and stop them on the roads.

     


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  • A comprehensive, protracted law enforcement effort will begin this Friday to look for impaired drivers and stop them on the roads.

    Dubbed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” it's a federal initiative across the states and runs through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

    Bastrop Police Chief Downey Black said that the city's police force will be especially vigilant and “aggressive” during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence.

    “It's a safety issue to get impaired drivers off the road,” he said.”We will be very concentrated on this during this time period.”

    A press release on the campaign cites that more than 10,000 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was impaired, despite the fact that it's illegal in 50 states to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter.

    During the Labor Day weekend in 2012, 147 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers with BAC's of that number or higher.

    Among 18-34-year-old drivers killed in traffic crashes during the 2010 Labor Day weekend, more than half were alcohol impaired.

    Of those fatalities, 80 percent occurred from 6 in the evening until 6 the next morning.

    Black said in regards to driving impaired, you never know when it happens.

    “We recently had one (arrest) for it at 2:30 in the afternoon. It varies,” he said.

    It's the first time that Bastrop has been a part of this particular uniformed campaign to combat DUIs.

    But, it resembles a similar national one held back in the spring that aimed at looking out for people driving without a clasped seatbelt.

    Under the law, violators face jail time, loss of their driver's licenses, and steep financial consequences, such a higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of a job.

    For more information, visit the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Headquarters nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

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