With time off for the holiday season fast approaching, East Alabama authorities are out in full force cracking down on drunk drivers.
"We are going to have a series of saturation patrols and officers are going to be out there targeting specifically drunk drivers," explains Sgt. Jameson Presley of the Auburn Police Division.
The Auburn Police Division is taking part in the nationwide campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled over.
From now until January 1st, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.
APD has taken part in this campaign for years, and the program has been a proven success.
"It reduces the number of people drunk driving on the road and also has helped reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by drunk driving, injuries and fatalities," says Presley.
National data for the month of December has indicated that from years 2007 to 2011 nearly 4,200 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
When pulled over and arrested for Driving Under the Influence, drivers often face jail time, loss of their license, higher insurance rates and thousands of dollars in expenses like attorney fees and court costs.
"Don't do it, it's not worth it," says Presley, "It's to save people's lives. Not only you as the person, but other people you contact on the road whether pedestrians or other drivers."