Local Law Enforcement Agencies Team up for "Booze It and Loose It" Campaign

August 18, 2008
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Smithville Police Department, and the Alexandria Police Department will be teaming up to make our roads in DeKalb County a safer place to drive next week in the "Booze It and Loose It" campaign.

All three law enforcement agencies will combine their efforts to do Sobriety Check Points on Highway 56, Highway 70, Highway 146, Highway 53, and possibly others on August 25th through September 1st.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says "We will be looking for impaired drivers through extra patrols, check points, and saturation patrols."

"Booze It & Lose It" is designed to reduce impaired driving injuries, fatalities, and associated economic losses. The Booze It & Lose It campaign provides for increased law enforcement efforts and public service messages to accomplish its goal. The intervention targets all drivers who are impaired due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Impaired driving and impaired-related crashes constitute one of the nation's leading health problems. These events result in more deaths each year than do total homicides, and alcohol is a factor in 35% of all crashes in the United States.

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