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Arrive alive–don’t drink and drive

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 The Labor Day DUI Enforcement Initiative began Aug. 16 and will continue through Sept. 2.

The Williston Police Department is participating in this enforcement wave in order to save lives and educate the motoring public.

During this period, all Officers are asked to be on the lookout for drunk or impaired drivers and take the necessary action to help keep our roads safe.

 

JUST THE FACTS:

 

In 2011, drunk driving crashes (involving drivers or motorcycle operators with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher), accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities for the year.

The 138 people killed in 2011 Labor Day crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher accounted for 36 percent for all motor vehicle traffic deaths during the holiday period.

Alcohol and driving at night are also particularly dangerous during holidays.  In 2011, 83 percent of the Labor Day drunk driving fatalities occurred at night.  

Young adult drivers 18 to 34 years old are especially at risk. Over the Labor Day holiday in 2011, 42 percent of young drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were drunk.

 

SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS:

 

Here are some simple tips to help motorists and passengers keep safe this Labor Day holiday period—and all year long. 

 

Plan a safe way home before you start the Labor Day festivities;

Before drinking, designate a sober driver; 

If you’re drunk, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;

If you see a drunk  driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement immediately;

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while drunk, be a friend and take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.