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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 27, 2013

PHOENIX - 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," she said.

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

Arizona's Labor Day enforcement efforts will emphasize saturation patrols. The director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Alberto Gutier, said the patrols are more efficient than DUI checkpoints.

"I don't like checkpoints," he said. "They're very manpower-intensive. I see checkpoints that produce 12, 15 drunks. Phoenix Police in three locations did 13 drunks last night."

Gutier said Labor Day weekend DUI enforcement will involve public-safety agencies statewide.

"We have saturation patrols all over the state, from one end to the other," he said. "I've talked to a bunch of other agencies around the state and we'll put about 1,000 officers out on the road. Seventy-five agencies plus our Highway Patrol will be out in every district in the state."

Last year's Arizona Labor Day DUI task force made 564 arrests of alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. Another 154 people were cited for underage drinking.

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

More information is at 1.usa.gov.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ