Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes.
During 2004, nearly 13,000 people were killed in highway crashes involving an impaired driver or motorcycle operator with an illegal blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
The picture for motorcycle operators is particularly bleak. Forty-one percent of the 1,672 motorcycle operators who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2004 had BAC levels of .08 or higher.
That is why Reynoldsburg Division of Police has announced it will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation during August and the Labor Day holiday to launch an aggressive new crackdown on impaired drivers called Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.
"Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive – a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle – if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses," Sergeant Cindy McComb said in a news release.
"We will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and using undercover officers to get more drunk drivers off the road. We want everyone to play it safe and always designate a sober driver or find a different way home if they have been out drinking," she said.
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, more than 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence during 2004.
In 2005, Reynoldsburg Division of Police stopped 581 impaired drivers, in 2006 the numbers reached 471 and in 2007 the police stopped 397 impaired drivers. As of July 31, 2008, the department has stopped 248 impaired drivers.