Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 14, 2013

HEALTH: Labor Day weekend “Drive Sober” campaign aims to save lives, prevent injuries in the area

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — During the next two weeks leading into the Sept. 2 Labor Day holiday, a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will be conducted nationwide to help raise awareness while helping reduce incidents of drunken driving.

“Law enforcement officers are working during this crackdown to save lives and prevent injuries at the hands of impaired drivers,” said Cherokee County Extension Agent Wendi Green. “The easiest way to avoid going to jail is to never drink, then drive.”

According to a release issued by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, “hundreds of law enforcement officers across the sate will be aggressively looking for impair drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.”

Statistics reveal that individuals are less likely to drink and drive if there is a perceived risk of getting arrested for impaired driving, the release states.

While it is illegal in this country to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, in 2012, 1,099 Texans died in crashes involving one driver or motorcycle rider who had a BAC higher than the legal limit, according to the release.

AgriLife Extension offers a free alcohol awareness program entitled “Watch UR BAC.” To learn more, visit www.watchurbac.tamu.edu” or call 979-862-1911.