3-13-09 DUI Enforcement Effort on St. Patrick's Day
RELEASE DATE: 13 March 2009
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT EFFORT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Contact Person: Lt. Scott Lane
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) will conduct a DUI enforcement effort on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, 17 March 2009. The DCSO will be joining numerous law enforcement agencies nationwide to protect citizens from the deadly and serious crime of drinking and driving. Funding for the increased enforcement effort is being provided through a $1,600.00 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
Several Alcohol Related Statistics:
- In 2001, the Law was changed to lower Blood Alcohol Level to .08 for DUI
- In 2006, Enhanced Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders (.15 BAC) were put into law.
- In 2007, there were 230 fatal accidents in Nebraska that resulted in 256 fatalities.
- In 2007, there were 13,437 arrests for DUI in Nebraska.
- In 2007 there was a motor vehicle accident every 15 minutes in Nebraska.
- Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5
and 34 years of age.
Statistics provided by the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety
Our goal with this selective enforcement is to use saturated patrols on St. Patrick’s Day to seek out suspected drunk drivers, who will then be arrested and taken off the street; thus, creating safer streets for the citizens of Douglas County. Research indicates that the key to deterring impaired driving is high visibility enforcement. Drivers must perceive that the risk of being caught is too high before behavior will change. The efforts of the DCSO and other area agencies serve to remind motorists that drinking and driving is unacceptable and that DUI laws will be enforced.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly and remember: Don’t Drink and Drive!