Through New Year’s Eve on December 31, the Salt River Police Department (SRPD) will be out in force during the DUI Holiday Task Force, making sure drunk drivers are off the road. No matter what you drive—a passenger car, a pickup truck or a motorcycle—if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested.
The SRPD is urging the public and everyone in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to help keep our Community streets safe during upcoming Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations by drinking responsibly and designating a sober driver.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that although there has been significant improvement, drunk driving remains one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2009, tragically 33,808 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. This was the lowest number of deaths since 1950, when there were 33,186 fatalities, and a 9.7-percent decline in the number of people killed from 2008, according to NHTSA’s 2009 Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Of those 33,808 fatalities in 2009, 10,839 involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This was a 7.4-percent decrease from 2008 (11,773).
Still, even one drunk driving–related death is one too many. That’s why, since 1981, every president of the United States has demonstrated a commitment to the prevention of impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.
SRPD recommends the following tips:
* Plan a safe way home before your celebrations begin.
* If you plan to get a ride home with someone else, designate a sober driver before any drinking begins.
* If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
* Ask if the cab or bar offers a “Free Ride Back” or other free or discounted transportation program.
* If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates and dozens of other unanticipated expenses.
To learn more, please contact the SRPD Traffic Enforcement Bureau or SRPD Web site for related links (www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/srpd/links.asp).
The message is simple: Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. If you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. No exceptions. No excuses.
Have a Safe Holiday Season! Don’t drink and drive, buckle up yourself and your children, obey all traffic laws, and drive safely.