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					HOLIDAY PLANNER
ENFORCEMENT VERSION
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: [Date]
CONTACT: [Name, Phone Number, E-mail]

                        [State/Local Enforcement Agency]
             Extends Enforcement Crackdown Through Holiday Season
                   “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest”

[City, State] – [Law enforcement official/organization] today announced the extension of
its enforcement crackdown through the holiday season for the [city/community name]
under the tagline: “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” The intensified
enforcement effort against drunk drivers underscores the severity of the problem both
locally and across the nation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in
December 2007, 992 people were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver or
motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher –
above the legal limit in every state as well as the District of Columbia.

“We will be out in force making sure drunk drivers are off the road,” said [Local Law
Enforcement Leader]. “No amount of good cheer will be able to save you from the
consequences of drunk driving. If we catch you, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No
excuses.”

In 2007, 12,998 fatalities occurred in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider
(operator) who had a .08 or above Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) compared with
13,491 in 2006. [Local law enforcement official] emphasized the critical role law
enforcement plays in helping solve this serious problem.

“Even though we’ve seen nationwide reductions in drunk driving deaths since 2007, our
work is far from over” said [Law Enforcement Official]. “Too many people continue to
suffer tragic injuries and the loss of a loved one as a result of this serious crime.”

[Local Law Enforcement Agency] recommends designating a sober driver and not
letting friends drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an
arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include:




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              Plan ahead: Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate your
               sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;
              If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or
               family member to get you home safely;
              Use your community’s Sober Rides program [insert your local Sober
               Rides specifics here];
              Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law
               enforcement;
              Wearing your seat belt or using protective gear on your motorcycle is your
               best defense against an impaired driver;

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. It is deadly serious and against the law.
Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers and towing fees instead of
buying holiday presents for loved ones. That’s not a great way to end the year,” said
[Local Law Enforcement Official].

Since 1981, every President of the United States has demonstrated a commitment to the
prevention of impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk & Drugged
Driving (3D) Prevention Month. For more information, visit
www.StopImpairedDriving.org.


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