Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.
2010 Holiday Crackdown
November 29 - January 3
Last December, 753 Americans were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest is a nationwide campaign aimed to prevent similar tragedies through a combination of high visibility law enforcement and public education.
GHSA's member State Highway Safety Offices work closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), law enforcement and other highway safety partners to execute the program. This year, a few states are using NHTSA's “No Refusal Weekend” tool kit to help law enforcement officials work with prosecutors and judges to quickly obtain “blood draw warrants” for drivers who refuse breathalyzer testing. This helps ensure prosecutors obtain the evidence needed to effectively pursue cases involving alleged impaired driving.
Specific state enforcement and education efforts are listed below. For more information on a particular state, contact the state's media contact. State drunk driving laws and additional resources are available on the Drunk Driving Laws page. General information about the campaign is at www.stopimpaireddriving.org.
- Alabama—The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs's (ADECA) Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division (LETS) is providing support for the Alabama Department of Public Safety to ramp up its traffic safety enforcement from Dec. 10 - Jan. 2 in a concentrated effort to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities. Law enforcement agencies are concentrating on those violations, times and locations that contribute most to the state's fatality rate (seatbelt violations, DUI, speeding, following too close, etc.). Public safety officers have been directed to “think outside the box” for ideas to curb crashes and increase driver awareness. The Department of Public Safety is informing the public of the enforcement blitz and notifying the courts to prepare for an increase in citations. ADECA is working with the local law enforcement agencies to solicit their participation.