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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 28, 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.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving national president Jan Withers said 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," she said, "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.

Instead of being frustrated by increased patrols and the like, Withers said, 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," she said.

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

More information is online at nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA