Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2006

Deputies alert for drunk drivers through New Year’s Eve

December 21, 2006

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a holiday crackdown on drunk driving through Dec. 31 called "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." During this holiday season sheriff's deputies will be out in force conducting saturation patrols to stop drunk drivers.

Drunk driving is one of America's deadliest crimes. In fact, during 2004, nearly 13,000 people were killed in highway crashes involving an impaired driver. These numbers increased by nearly 30 percent to 16,885 in 2005.

"Make no mistake. Our message is simple. If we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses. We will be out in force conducting saturation patrols to get more drunk drivers off the road. We want everyone to play it safe and always designate a sober driver," said Sheriff Frank Denning.

Drunk driving is simply never worth the risk. Not only do impaired drivers risk killing them or someone else, but the financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses.

"So don't take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest," Denning said.

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