The Bay St. Louis Department will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic enforcement campaign from December 28, 2018 to January 01, 2019. During the holiday season, many people choose to celebrate and enjoy themselves by having a few drinks, but even one too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
Due to the increase in drunk-driving related fatalities during the holidays, the Bay St. Louis Police Department will be out in force apprehending all drunk drivers and spreading the message that impaired driving will not tolerated. High visibility enforcement and sobriety checkpoints will be utilized to spread the message to the motoring public. Here are some reasons why this is necessary for the Bay St. Louis Police Department as well as other law enforcement agencies;
During 2017, an estimated 10,874 people who were killed in drunk driving crashes involving a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater). Among the people killed in these drunk driving crashes, 67% (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 or higher.
Mississippi had 690 motor vehicle fatalities of which 148 (21%) of those fatalities involved alcohol. Nationally, over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year.
Here are some tips to keep the holidays safe and happy;
- One drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for DUI or worse – increase your chances of being involved in a crash.
- If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- If you have been drinking, DO NOT DRIVE. Call a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or phone a sober friend or family member. Don’t let your 2018 end with a DUI arrest. Plan before you go out, and remember, whether you’ve had a lot to drink or a little to drink, it’s just not worth the risk.
Please remember, “DRIVE SOBER or GET PULLED OVER”.