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Office of Highway Safety - 2018 Initiative “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

August 09, 2018

Summer’s nearly over, and the Labor Day holiday might be our last chance to enjoy warm weather fun. Let’s make sure we’re enjoying it safely! We are all looking forward to the Labor Day weekend, which usually includes family, barbecue and one more day of some rest and recreation (R&R). Whether you’re driving to a cookout, the beach, or on a family trip: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign is your community saying loud and clear that drunk drivers will pay before they cost our community another life. In this day and age, there’s no excuse for drinking and driving. A quick call for taxi or a local sober ride program, you can stay safe, protect others and avoid arrest. State and local law enforcement will be making a special effort leading up to and throughout the Labor Day holiday (August 13– September 3) to protect us all from drunk drivers.

No matter where you drive, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Yet every year, about one-third of all deaths on our roads involve drunk drivers. In 2017, there were total of 10 traffic fatalities; impaired driving territorial enforcement generated eighty-seven (87) DUI arrests with one (1) fatality related to impaired driving and 16 serious injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people died in traffic crashes in 2015 in the United States, including an estimated 10,265 people who were killed in drunk driving crashes, that’s one person killed every 51 minutes every day of the year.

If these cold hard facts don’t stop drunk driving, how about a nice set of cold hard steel handcuffs? That’s what you’ll be wearing this Labor Day holiday if you drink and drive. As Labor Day is one of the deadliest times of the year due to drunk driving. Your arrest not only comes with shame and embarrassment, but with up to $10,000 in fines, increased insurance costs, and other expenses.

The Office of Highway Safety wants to remind the US Virgin Island that our attitude and actions have to change when it comes to drunk driving. It begins with all of us and how we treat our friends and neighbors. If you choose to drink and drive, and it is a choice, you risk not only your own life but the lives of innocent people in our community.

All it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver. But whatever you do remember, “Drunk driving can cost you your freedom, or worse - Your Life”.

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