Everyone has a role in keeping our roads safe and that means never getting behind the wheel impaired. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Fond du Lac County and the nation work hard to keep drunk and impaired drivers off our roads. One tried and true method they use is saturation patrols.
Saturation patrols are concentrated enforcement efforts that target impaired drivers by observing moving violations such as; reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving, inattentive driving, seatbelt violations, texting and driving, etc.
Law enforcement officers are trained to pick up cues impaired drivers give while driving. Drinking alcohol affects your judgment, coordination and slows your reaction time.
Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County and the Healthy Fond du Lac County 2020 initiative suggest these easy steps so your life and the lives of others on the road are not jeopardized:
- Designate a sober driver, before drinking begins. If you aren’t that driver, leave your car keys home.
- If you have been consuming alcohol, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or ask the bartender to call the safe ride program so you are sure to get home safely.
- Enter the taxi company numbers in your cell phone for easy access when you need a ride home
- If you see driving that concerns you on the road, contact your local law enforcement agency.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, encourage them not to, even if it means taking their keys away. Help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.