Drive safely this holiday season

"We want to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers and will have zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving".

"This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by almost 10 percent", said Ocean Township Chief Steven R. Peters. Data shows the decision to drive while impaired can have serious and sometimes deadly consequences.

The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in MS is.08 percent blood alcohol, which can range from three-to-five drinks, depending on a person's weight.

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"Especially this time of year with more people out on the roads, we'll have more officers out for checkpoints and things like that to maintain safety on the roads because there will be more people out".

From 2011-2015, 14,034 people nationwide lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and twenty-eight percent (3,983) died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of.08 or higher.

Under the right conditions, even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or worse - the risk of having a crash.

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Designate a sober driver ahead of time and help that person to stay sober.

 If you become intoxicated or drug-impaired, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, Uber, phone a sober friend or family member or use our public bus system. Don't let people who have been drinking get behind the wheel - take their keys and arrange a safe way for them to get home.

Law enforcement officers are well trained in identifying the signs of impaired driving, and they know where and when to look for drunken drivers. Your actions could help save someone's life. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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