TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” rolled out Friday to help clear the nations roadways of impaired drivers.
With the Labor Day holiday fast approaching, authorities plan to ramp up enforcement of the state’s DUI laws and now they have some new tools to help do that.
It’s a ride no one wants to take.
But according to the North Alabama Highway Safety Office, more than 10,000 people every year die in a drunken driving accident.
Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter has seen the effects of drunk driving first hand during his tenure as an officer.
“We don’t enjoy working wrecks. We don’t enjoy seeing tragic things happen on the road,” said McWhorter. “So, we’re out there trying to protect our citizens from the drunk driver, and we’re also trying to the driver himself.”
From now until September 1st, law enforcement across North Alabama will be using checkpoints and roving patrols to catch impaired drivers.
Eddie Russell with the North Alabama Highway Safety Office says grant money has been secured to give law enforcement officers portable intoxicator devices to quickly determine if someone has been drinking and how much.
“The more tools you can give the officer to do his job the better he or she can do it. Our ultimate goal here is to remove the impaired driver from our highways,” said Russell.
And by getting the word out early about “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, Russell hopes they will have a repeat of 2013 with no fatal accidents in the North Alabama area during the Labor Day holiday.
Statistics indicate a person dies every 51 minutes nationally in an alcohol related accident.
It is illegal to drive in all 50 states with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.