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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

DES MOINES, Iowa - You might think an organization called "MADD" doesn'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, 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."

The increased enforcement through the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign will continue through the Labor Day weekend.

Withers said that instead of being frustrated by increased patrols and the like, 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."

Each year nearly 10,000 people die on the roads of America due to drunk driving.

More information is at 1.usa.gov/16zJRRg.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA