Summer Sobriety Checkpoint on June 23, 2012
Entered On: June 21, 2012, 1:05 pm
Summer and hot temperatures have arrived in Pima County. Schools are on summer break and 4th of July is within our sights. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department DUI Unit will step up their efforts in keeping our streets safe. It is the time of year when many teenage drivers gain additional experience in driving. Families and friends visit one another and, with everyone enjoying the cool temperatures of the night, festivities often times last until late in the day.
Alcohol and the summer heat make for a dangerous mix, and drivers are reminded to refrain from operating a motor vehicle once they have been drinking. According to the CDC, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. Nationwide the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion. (1)
On June 23, 2012, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a Summer Sobriety Checkpoint, together with saturation patrols.
Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make arrangements so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. For example:
• Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
• Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
• If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
• If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver. (1)
Be smart and be a good example – don’t drink and drive!
(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/Impaired_Driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html )
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