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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 30, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – You might think an organization called MADD wouldn’t have much to be glad about.

But more police on the streets through this holiday weekend is certainly one thing that pleases Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Jan Withers, the organization’s national president, says 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 says. “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."

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

Withers says instead of being frustrated by delays during 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," she says.

An estimated 24,000 suspected drunken or impaired drivers were arrested in Ohio last year, a 3 percent increase from the year prior.



Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH