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Safety programs effective in curbing DUI, say officials

Officials say DUI is the #2 contributing factor in crashes with injuries and fatality. (Source: WAFF file) Officials say DUI is the #2 contributing factor in crashes with injuries and fatality. (Source: WAFF file)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Click it or Ticket. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Arrive Alive.

We've all heard these traffic safety slogans, but are they really helping?

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, state public safety officers and members of the Huntsville police are all in agreement: These catchy slogans are helping save lives.

"In Alabama, DUI is number two on the list of prime contributing factors in crashes with injuries and fatality," said Sergeant Steve Jarrett with the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Lieutenant Jeffrey Rice with the Huntsville Police Department said that since March, there have been more than 5,500 citations and 260 arrests on DUI and related charges.

"Our numbers... this year versus last year, are down, which is a good thing," said Lt. Rice. "It means we are making a difference on the streets."

By participating in these nationwide programs, local law enforcement agencies receive federal grants.

"These programs are effective because it allows us to put officers out on the street during prime times when people are known to drive their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs," Rice stated.

"If we can remove a single impaired driver off the highway, we've done a very good thing - and very likely, saved a life," added Sgt. Jarrett.

Learn more about the "Drive Sober" and "Click It" campaigns.

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