Press release by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:
The holiday season is here, and as Culpeper residents prepare for Christmas and New Year’s festivities with family and friends, Sheriff Scott Jenkins reminds travelers to designate a sober driver when their holiday activities include drinking alcohol.
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is increasing DUI enforcement activity with additional deputies patrolling the roads, sobriety checkpoints, and saturation patrols up to the New Year. CCSO uses DMV grant funds for the extra manpower. The funds are federal flow-through funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be used for overtime for traffic enforcement, some of which will be used this holiday season.
NHTSA reported 830 people killed in December 2012 in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher; 26 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, 31% of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving, but on Christmas Day 2012, the percentage jumped to 36. In the 2012 holiday season, 40% of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record.
Sheriff Jenkins has a few helpful tips for holiday drivers:
– 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.
– 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 taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
In summary, it’s a choice: are you drinking or are you driving?
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office tripled its DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013 compared to the two previous years.