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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2008


Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext.13
(202)669-9746, cell
jadkins@ghsa.org

States Warn Drunk Drivers: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Governors Highway Safety Association strongly supports the national "Over the Limit. Under Arrest." holiday drunk driving enforcement crackdown. According to GHSA Chairman Vernon F. Betkey Jr., "State highway safety agencies are aggressively participating in this year's effort. State law enforcement partners will be making a very visible enforcement presence by increasing their drunken driving checkpoints and saturation patrols. GHSA members are also purchasing paid advertising and conducting a variety of awareness events to remind drunk drivers that there's zero tolerance this holiday season. Those citizens who may selfishly consider driving drunk should know that they will be pulled over and the consequences will be severe."

The holiday season is too often a deadly time on our roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in December 2007, 992 people were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher -- above the legal limit in every state and the District of Columbia.

State efforts will complement NHTSA's $7 million dollar "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit." advertising campaign. The holiday crackdown is organized by NHTSA and supported by GHSA, MADD and The International Association of Chiefs of Police as well as countless local organizations.

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A sampling of state holiday crackdown efforts are posted online.

State drunk driving laws are also posted online at:
www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/impaired_laws.html.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org.