MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Law enforcement in every state and most cities are cracking down on drunk driving with the launch of The "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over" campaign.
State Troopers will be out in force from now until Labor Day, September 5, and will have a zero tolerance for drunk driving. In that time period drivers can expect increased check-points and more patrol cars on the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year. During the labor day holidays from 2010 to 2014, more than 750 people died in drunk driving crashes. Eighty-three percent of those deaths happened between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers grand funding to put more offers on the roadways during this campaign.
Previously, the national slogan was "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest," but since impaired driving is not limited to alcohol consumption, law enforcement agencies are stressing sober driving.