Police pledge zero tolerance for drunk drivers

Staff report

This holiday season, Fulton County police will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement. From now until Jan. 2, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

Fulton County Safe Communities and Fulton County Law Enforcement are giving fair warning to all partygoers. “You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period, and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving,” said Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller.

Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 28 percent – or 10,497 – died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.

In fact, from 2012-16, 14,472 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and twenty-eight percent – or 3,995 – died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.

“The December holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family,” said Miller. “This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested.”

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life, or their own.

Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

• Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

• If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

• If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a sober friend or family member.

• Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

For more information regarding Fulton County Safe Communities, contact Rachel Kinsman, 419-337-0915.


Staff report