(DES MOINES) A National Drunk Driving Campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is underway.
Iowa law enforcement are joining nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide through September 7thin support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving and other traffic offenses.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says at this time he continues to encourage everyone to use a designated driver.
“One of the problems with alcohol is once a person starts becoming intoxicated sometimes their judgment isn’t that good whereas if they were sober they may call a friend or somebody to take them home,” said Green. “One thing that people can do is if they’re sitting in a liquor establishment or even somebody’s home and somebody is getting up to leave that they know shouldn’t be driving, they should encourage them to leave their vehicle and maybe that person, if they’re sober, take them home or call them a taxi. There are a lot of things the public can do to help with this situation.”
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of alcohol-impaired, driving fatalities in America fell from 2008 to 2009, but the fatality totals are still too high. In Iowa during 2009, there were 371 fatalities with 92 resulting from an alcohol related crash, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.