Law enforcement officials from across Alameda County – as well as the rest of the country – are readying to be out in full force over the next several weeks to help reduce drunk driving.
Beginning Friday, the nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" program will kick off – to include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events and create a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving through the Labor Day holiday weekend.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Each year nearly 10,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving.
- Each year, Labor Day Weekend is cut short for an average of 167 people, due to drunk driving crashes.
- Nearly 2 out of 3 drivers involved in a fatal crash between midnight and 3 a.m. were drunk.
- Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.
- Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
- In 2011, 3 out of 4 arrested for driving under the influence were male.
- America has more drunk drivers than most countries have people.
In Alameda County, drivers caught with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher will be arrested and face fines and jail time. The crackdown will run through Sept. 2.