(WTNH) — With of Fourth of July around the corner, Connecticut law enforcement is once again launching their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to ensure the safety of all residents for the weekend.
The campaign involves police aggressively targeting intoxicated drivers coming to and from holiday celebrations.
Troopers encourage residents and visitors to continue their plans to spend the day filled with friends, food and fireworks, but to remember these festivities can turn fatal by making the decision to drive while intoxicated . Police departments all across the state are following procedures to minimize drunk driving that will not only harm the driver, but others in and around the vehicle.
Officials would like to remind residents that it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 (g/DL) or higher. In doing so, the intoxicated driver risks time in jail, loss of license, and heavy financial consequences.
The Commissioner of the Department of Transportation James Redeker says, “This holiday, you can show your patriotism by doing your part to help make roads safer for everyone.”
Below are some helpful tips to stay safe during this weekend’s holiday:
- Plan a safe way home before fun begins
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
- Use your community’s sober ride program
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement
- If you know someone who is about to drive while drunk, take their keys and help them to make other transportation arrangements
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