Crackdown planned on drunk driving

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving.

The sheriff’s office is again partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to deter drunk driving and help save lives.

The high-visibility, national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from today through Labor Day.

During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.

Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with additional enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to reduce drunk driving.

According to NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 deaths in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015 — one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015.

The sheriff’s office is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death.

“We’re stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Kinsinger.

“Drunk driving is a large problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually,” Kinsinger said. “If you’re out on the roads and you see someone driving drunk, please call us. You could help save a life.”


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