The Denham Springs Police Department received a Special Waves Grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which funds overtime pay during the "DWI — Drive Sober Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign will run through Jan. 1.
“Drunk driving crashes are no accident: They are 100-percent preventable. They all connect back to human choices and errors, but we’re not stopping there,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “With the help of our safety partners we’re looking at a step forward to create a world where there is no more drunk driving.”
In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 51 minutes in the United States, a news release said.
About one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in these preventable crashes, the release said.