Please Join the hundreds of Vermont law enforcement officers in this year’s Nationwide Drunk Driving Crackdown, through Sept. 2
We must band together to get drunk drivers off our roads and protect our citizens by continuing to aggressively conduct the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. This year’s campaign will run from August 16 through September 2 (Labor Day Holiday).
As summer ends and motorists hit the road for one last summer holiday, local law enforcement personnel across the Nation will be out on the front lines in the battle against drunk driving.
It is a war well worth fighting. Drunk driving continues to be one of the most deadly and harmful crimes in America today. Each year, drunk drivers and motorcycle riders are involved in crashes that take the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
In 2011, there were 9,878 fatalities on America’s highways in which drunk drivers or motorcycle riders were involved. That works out to 31 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities for the year -- about an average of one fatality every 53 minutes.
Labor Day holidays are particularly dangerous for encountering drunk drivers, and 2011 was no exception.
* During the Labor Day holiday in 2011, 138 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drivers or motorcyclists whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registered at least .08 It is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a BAC of .08 or higher).
* Over this same holiday period, 44% of the drivers or motorcycle riders killed who had BACs of .08% or higher were 18 to 34 years old.
* 83% of fatalities in drunk driving crashes over the 2011 Labor Day weekend occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The deadly tally these highway statistics present is impossible to ignore. Bennington Police Officers are, and must be; ready to take up the challenge of continuing to crack down on drunk driving year round, with special emphasis at highly dangerous holiday periods like end-of-summer vacations and Labor Day getaways.