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MADD 'Glad' About More Sobriety Checkpoints

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

HARRISBURG, Pa. - You might think an organization called "MADD" didn't have much to be glad about, but more police on the streets through this holiday weekend is certainly one thing that has them pleased. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving national president Jan Withers, of Upper Marlboro, high-visibility law enforcement is a proven way to reduce drunk-driving deaths.

"So when it's advertised, and people know about it, it's a deterrent, and 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," Withers said.

Police in Pennsylvania and across the country are out in force through the Labor Day weekend, looking for drunk drivers as part of the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

Withers remarked that, rather than being frustrated by delays at sobriety checkpoints, drivers should be grateful.

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

According to Pennsylvania State Police, more than 56,000 people were arrested for drunk driving in the state last year.

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - PA