Auburn Police will be out in full force to catch drunk drivers

Auburn Police will be out in full force to catch drunk drivers

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The Auburn Police Division is participating in the 5-day, high-visibility campaign

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

for the week leading up to Independence Day.

From June 30 through July 4, law enforcement partners nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. The campaign is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to curb impaired driving and save lives.

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. 

In every state, it's illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Auburn Police Sergeant Jameson Presley wants to remind drivers that it's not a recommendation; it's the law. 

"One drunk driver on the road is too many," Sgt. Presley said. "We want to increase awareness for the campaign, but we want the effects to be permanent."

During the enforcement period starting June 30, there will be an increased emphasis on drunk-driving enforcement. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles and increased messaging about this reckless, preventable crime.

Sgt. Presley also emphasized the preventable nature of drunk driving.

"All it takes is a little planning ahead," he said. "Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive." 

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