FARMINGTON — Farmington Police Department will launch an intensive crackdown on impaired drivers from Aug. 20 through Sept. 6. Police vow to arrest everyone found driving “over the limit.”

Farmington Police Department announced Tuesday it will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving known as “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”

In 2008 alone, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes is 21 to 24.

“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. We’ll be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” Sgt. Shane Cote said.

In every state as well as the District of Columbia it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher. Approximately 10,000 police agencies will participate in this year’s mid-August through Labor Day crackdown.

“Our message is simple and unwavering. If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” Cote said.

According to Farmington Police Department, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

The national “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” crackdown is led by NHTSA and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

For more information on the crackdown, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.


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