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MADD 'Glad' About Crackdown on Drunk Driving

PHOTO: Mothers Against Drunk Driving says high visibility law enforcement campaigns are a proven deterrent against drunk driving. The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign runs through Labor Day Weekend. Photo credit: MADD
PHOTO: Mothers Against Drunk Driving says high visibility law enforcement campaigns are a proven deterrent against drunk driving. The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign runs through Labor Day Weekend. Photo credit: MADD
August 26, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - You might think an organization called "MADD" would not have much to be glad about, but having more police on the streets through the Labor Day holiday weekend is certainly one thing that has them pleased. Mothers Against Drunk Driving national president Jan Withers said high-visibility law enforcement is a proven way to reduce drunk driving deaths.

"When it's advertised, and people know about it, it's a deterrent," she said. "Then, when they see the officers on the highway and they have the sobriety checkpoints, it's interesting, because it literally does reduce those fatalities by 20 percent."

Instead of being frustrated by increased patrols and the like, drivers should be grateful, Withers added.

"If you happen to go through a sobriety checkpoint, please say 'thank you' to the officers for helping to protect us," she suggested.

The increased enforcement through the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign will continue through the Labor Day weekend. Each year nearly 10,000 people die on U.S. roads due to drunk driving.

More information is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - TN