According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) one out every four traffic crash fatalities can be related to an impaired driver. Across the country in 2010, 147 people lost their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend. Statistics show that drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams or higher are eleven times more likely to die in a crash than if involved in that same crash while they were sober. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have now established a threshold making it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams or higher.
The Dalton Police Department will continue using sobriety check points and saturated patrols in an effort to curb alcohol-related crashes as part of Operation Zero Tolerance, which continues through Monday, September 3rd. Operation Zero Tolerance is a nationwide mobilization of law enforcement agencies to combat drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and to raise public awareness of the consequences of driving while impaired..
The Dalton Police Department would like to ask motorists to Buckle-up, Slow Down, and Driver sober to make the 2012 Labor Day weekend safe. And remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!
For questions concerning this release, please contact Officer Steve Zahn at (706) 278-9085 ext. 124. I can also be reached by email at: email@example.com