FULTON, NYâ€” The Fulton Police Department today announced its officers will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday period, cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest enforcement blitz.
â€œDriving while drunk isnâ€™t worth the tremendous risk. No matter your age, if youâ€™ve had too much holiday spirit, youâ€™d better find a safe and sober ride home or your chances of arrest are high,â€ said [Sgt. Joseph Pappalardo]
Sgt. Joe Pappalardo cited recent statistics to underscore the importance of the crackdown. In 2008 during the July 4th holiday period (6:00PM THURSDAY JULY 3rd TO 5:59 AM MONDAY JULY 7th , 2008) there were a total of 491 traffic related fatalities. Out of that number, 43 percent involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher.
â€œToo many people still fail to understand that alcohol and driving donâ€™t mix. Impaired driving is no accidentâ€”nor is it a victimless crime. Itâ€™s vitally important that we bring this tragic situation to an end,â€ said Sgt Pappalardo.
Impaired driving is one of Americaâ€™s deadliest problems. In 2008, 37,261 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Out of that number 11,773 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Fulton Police Chief Orlo Green said much of the tragedy from drunk driving can be prevented with a few simple precautions before going out to celebrate:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home;
- If youâ€™re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, donâ€™t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
- And remember, Friends Donâ€™t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but 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 driverâ€™s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses.
â€œNo matter what you driveâ€”a passenger car, pickup, or motorcycleâ€”if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested,â€ said Sgt Pappalardo. â€œDonâ€™t let this Fourth of July blow up in your faceâ€.
For more information, please visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.