State cracks down on DWIs

State cracks down on DWIs
December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention month, and state and local law enforcement will be out in full force cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday season.

"The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in drunk driving," said Public Safety Secretary Tom Dravland. "We want to save lives, and public safetyofficials will be workingovertime to educate South Dakotans about safe driving. We will also increase our sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk."

"Our message is simple: You Drink and Drive. You Lose," said Col. Dan Mosteller, Highway Patrol superintendent. "We know there are going to be holiday celebrations and office parties this time of year where alcohol is consumed. Anyone drinking alcohol should always designate a sober driver before the parties begin."

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, in 2004,�233 drivers died on South Dakota's roads; 42 (18 percent) had an illegal BAC level of�.08 or above. During December 2004, 19 drivers died in crashes; 2 (11 percent) had an illegal BAC level or above.

"We believe personal responsibility along with increased law enforcement during the holiday season helps reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes," said Roy Meyer, South Dakota Highway Safety director.

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"Our goal is to eliminate alcohol-related fatalities on our roadways during the 2005 holiday season."

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