December is 3D Month – National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.� And the South Dakota Highway Patrol is again kicking enforcement up a notch to keep drunk and drugged drivers off the roads.
Throughout the month of December, the patrol will hold nearly 50 sobriety checkpoints and more than 30 saturation patrols across the state.
Counties that can expect checkpoints this month include: Beadle, Bennett, Brookings, Brown, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Custer, �Davison, Day, Edmunds, Fall River, Hughes, Jerauld, Lake, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mellette, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts, Sanborn, Stanley, Sully, Tripp, Union, Walworth and Yankton.
"We are blanketing the state with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, but our goal is not to arrest as many people as we can," said Colonel Dan Mosteller.� "Our goal is to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from getting behind the wheel.�We are out there. We will catch you if you're driving impaired, but we'd much rather not find any drunk and drugged drivers this month. If you're going to drink, please get a sober driver."
The patrol is battling drunk and drugged driving on more than one front.� Aside from working the road, troopers are also working the classroom.�They're visiting schools all across the state to talk to students about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving.
Last year during the month of December, 15 people died in traffic accidents on South Dakota roads. Seven of those fatalities were alcohol related.