For many Americans, That means an extra day off, backyard bbq's, and visiting friends and family.
Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities.
So starting August 15th (and continuing through September 1st), the Shreveport Police Department will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end drunk driving and save lives.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on area roadways.
In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States.
Over Labor Day weekend (6pm Friday to 5:50am Tuesday) that year, more than a third (38%) of all traffic fatalities were in drunk-driving crashes.
These grim facts should speak for themselves, but they haven't gotten everyone's attention yet, according to law enforcement.
Over the Labor Day weekend in 2012, there were 147 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes across the country.
Out of all the crash fatalities that weekend, one in four (25%) were attributed to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash.
Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes.
Nightime is especially dangerous; almost half (46%) of fatalities in nighttime crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a driver with a BACs of .08 or higher.
By comparison, 25% of the fatalities in daytime fatal crashes involved an impaired driver.
Young drivers are over-represented in drunk driving crashes too.
Among young drivers, between the ages of 18 and 34, killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half had a BAC of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states.
This Labor Day weekend, don't let the festivities turn into fatalities.
Law enforcement is not messing around, if you're caught driving drunk, you'll be arrested.
Remember that aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences.
A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, go here.
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