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New campaign to crack down on impaired driving
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Labor Day is the official end of summer and one of the most deadly holidays for encountering impaired drivers.

In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and most importantly, to save more lives and prevent injuries on roadways, a nationwide impaired-driving enforcement crackdown, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” will be conducted from mid-August through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers across the state will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Statistics show that when the public’s perceived risk of being arrested for impaired driving increases, they are less likely to drink and drive. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher in all 50 states. Yet 1,099 people died in Texas in 2012 in impaired driving crashes in which at least one vehicle driver or motorcycle rider had a BAC of .08 or higher.

“Law enforcement officers are working during this crackdown to save lives and prevent injuries at the hands of impaired drivers. The easiest way to avoid going to jail is to never drink and then drive,” said County Extension Agent Andrea Becker.

For information on free alcohol awareness programs available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Watch UR BACprogram in College Station, go to www.watchurbac.tamu.edu or call 979-862-1911.
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