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Friday, August 27, 2010

Local Law Enforcement Cracks Down on DUIs

By April Phillips, Naval Safety Center Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Law enforcement officials began their annual "Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest," driving under the influence (DUI) prevention campaign Aug. 20.

Increased DUI enforcement, including sobriety checkpoints, will continue through Labor Day, Sept. 6, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

The Naval Safety Center is supporting the campaign and fleetwide efforts to educate Sailors about the consequences of driving while impaired and irresponsible use of alcohol in general.

"We are always happy when we can partner with other organizations who share our priorities and goals," said Rear Adm. Arthur J. Johnson, commander, Naval Safety Center.

He noted that law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and U.S. territories will be cracking down on impaired driving.

Nationwide, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher, and GHSA reports that nearly 12,000 people were killed in crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs above the legal limit in 2008.

While DUIs are down in the Navy, Johnson said it's important for leaders up and down the chain of command to keep this trend moving in the right direction.

"If alcohol will be a part of your Labor Day holiday festivities, this is your reminder to plan for a safe ride home," said Johnson. "Failure to do so can be quite costly."

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