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Local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers this Labor Day weekend

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 11:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 11:50 a.m. CDT

Last year, 9,878 people across the United States died in a crash involving a drunk driver. Do the math. That’s one death every 53 minutes.

Those figures in mind, Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer said Thursday his officers will be watching for drunk drivers — even more than normal — this Labor Day holiday weekend.

“We are being extra vigilant right now on driving offenses including seat belt, speeding and operating while intoxicated,” he said, “and we will continue be watching for those things this Labor Day weekend. We encourage people to drink responsibly over the weekend, and if you feel you have drank to much, please call for a ride.”

But, Creston Police won’t be the only law enforcement agency cracking down on drunk drivers.

Agencies all across the nation are participating in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” said Iowa State Patrol Col. David Garrison. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Iowa’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”

Law enforcement officials remind you driving drunk is recognized as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

During Labor Day weekend last year, there were no alcohol-related deaths on Iowa roadways.

Local and state law enforcement would like for it to stay that way this Labor Day weekend.

“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” Garrison said.

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