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Be aware on Labor Day weekend

August 25, 2013 9:48 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Stay safe this Labor Day weekend

 

(graphic: NSC.org)

Sobriety checkpoints are an important tool in keeping the streets safe from drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. On traffic-heavy weekends, like the Labor Day holiday, these checkpoints can save lives. Take action by acknowledging members of law enforcement and the work they do by signing a thank you card via Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

From MADD’s National President, Jan Withers:

While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across the country will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives during this year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign.

Holidays like Labor Day are particularly dangerous for encountering drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 138 people were killed in drunk driving crashes over the Labor Day weekend in 2011.  That’s why, through September 2nd, officers will be out in force to help stop these 100 percent preventable tragedies.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem, as well as deterring people from committing the violent crime of drunk driving, and that’s why it is a key component of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®.

Join us in thanking law enforcement for the work they do to keep our loved ones safe during the crackdown, and all year long, by signing our online thank you card. And if you come across a sobriety checkpoint this Labor Day weekend, make sure to thank the officers for helping keep our roads safe.