"You Drink & Drive. You Lose." Crackdown
The Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the summer travel season and the beginning of Fall. Holiday weekends also represent some of the deadliest times of year on America's roadways for impaired driving. A number of people will include alcohol in their activities and make the decision to drive impaired. To impact the issue and to coincide with the nationwide "You Drink & Drive. You Lose." campaign, the Lincoln Police Department will be conducting specialized enforcement from August 19, 2011 through September 5, 2011. Increased enforcement for the project is funded by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
Throughout Lincoln, extra officers will be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement to deter impaired driving. Officers will take a zero tolerance approach to drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. They will also be alert for other traffic and safety violations.
Last year, Lincoln police officers investigated 8,722 traffic accidents, 1,790 which resulted in injury and 7 accidents which resulted in death. Officers also arrested a record 1,960 drivers in 2010 for driving under the influence. Driving after drinking is a choice. Choose to do the right thing and the safe thing: find alternate transportation, use a designated driver, or don't consume any amount of alcohol if you intend to or need to drive. Because if You Drink & Drive. You Lose.