Cops Crack Down On Drunk Driving During The Holidays


According to police, even one drink can impair your judgment and increase your risk of arrest.
 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Between family gatherings and parties with friends, police know the holidays could be dangerous for drivers if they don't keep a close eye on who gets behind the wheel.

"People might go to their grandmother's, have some custard, put a little whisky in it and then what, they're going to get a DUI and spoil their whole Christmas season," said Donna Ashby.

Officials say it's a deadly time of the year as more drunk drivers are on the road.

"It's not good to drink and drive, but also it could be bad to take someone away from their family during the holiday season," said Josh Collard.

Nationally, during the decembers from 2007 to 2011, more than 4,000 people were killed in crashes that drivers had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

So as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign between December 13th and January first, police are watching extra closely for those who speed, drive recklessly or show any sign of impairment. They say if someone is drunk when they get pulled over, that person will be arrested.

"It's always a comfortable feeling knowing that there's somebody out there, keeping an eye out on you, watching your back for you," Collard said.

"Nobody should drink and drive, but it would be bad to get a DUI at Christmas time," Ashby said.

According to police, even one drink can impair your judgment and increase your risk of arrest.

Ashby says the legal limit could be too strict. She says each person just needs to know their own limit.

"If I was falling down drunk or something, I wouldn't drive. Nobody should. But if you've had a couple beers, more than likely you could drive, but it might show up if they did a breathalyzer it might show that you were drunk," she said.

Police say they just want to keep everyone safe. So if you plan on drinking, don't drive, and they say if you see a possible drunk driver, let them know.

Police say drunk drivers could face jail time, the loss of driver licenses, higher insurance rates and several other consequences if caught.


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