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By Douglas Sciorra

Steuben County Sheriff announces “High Visibility Enforcement Crackdown”

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High Visibility Enforcement Crackdown runs December 14th, 2022 – January 1st, 2023

Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverThis holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with Steuben County to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving. NHTS want all drivers to remember this lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drivers will see officers working together December 16, 2022, through January 1, 2023, to take drunk drivers off the roads.

According to NHTSA, 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2020 that involved an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2016 to 2020, and one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 45 minutes in 2020. This is why Steuben County is working together with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. “Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Sheriff Allard. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. There are too many resources to get you home safely. There are just no excuses for drunk driving”.

Nationally, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, except in Utah, where the limit is .05 g/dL. And the costs can be financial, too. If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.

Sheriff Allard recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

designate a sober driver, plan to use a ride service, or call a taxi or a sober friend to get home safely.

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'www.stopdwi.org ww.stopdy STOP DWI Local law enforcement is cracking down on DWI offenders this holiday season. Walk Ride Carpool call Havea Plan. Don't Drive. Get a Ride. December 14, 2022 Steuben County Sheriff's Office 1-800-724-7777 High Visibility Enforcement Crackdown runs December 14t. 2022- -January 1st 2023'

Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.

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