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HPD cracking down on drunk drivers during holiday

By submitted, 06/25/21 9:17 AM

HOPE – Fourth of July is celebrated by friends and families nationwide, but before you head out for the celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home. Hope Police Department is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday period, June 30-July 5, 2021, to put an end to drunk driving.

During the 2019 Fourth of July holiday, 515 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.

From 2015 to 2019, there were 1,339 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the Fourth of July holiday periods.

In 2019 the night of July 4th: 79% of alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes happened between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. in 2019

“We want to be very clear about the consequences of drunk driving,” said Assistant Chief Tomlin. “In every state in this country, drunk driving is illegal. It’s also incredibly deadly, and a risk we don’t want to see people take. Make no mistake: If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested. Driving under the influence of any substance will land you a DUI.”

Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed.” When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. Does mortality not get your attention? Maybe money will: A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license. You could face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney’s fees, fines, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work. Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends, or employer.