Nationwide crackdown on drunk driving

August 14, 2012 10:03:39 AM PDT
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of death in this country and law enforcement says it's time for something to change.

With so many drunk driving crashes every year, the government is kicking off a nationwide crackdown on intoxicated drivers.

"I really appreciate any campaign that we have that can help us to combat drunk driving," said Ollie Jeffers, who works with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Durham, Caswell, and Person counties.

Law enforcement agencies in the Triangle do checkpoints regularly, but starting Tuesday drivers will see those efforts in the form of checkpoints and breath alcohol testing vehicles.

"This campaign, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,' it's just another step for us to keep our highways safe," Jeffers said. "They think, well you know, 'I've done it for so long and I've never been caught,' and they don't feel like they will ever be caught drunk driving."

Fatal crashes related to drunk driving have happened almost 400 times in North Carolina alone over the last couple of years.

Just this past weekend near the Wake/Franklin County line, 23-year-old Marvin Lee was killed when he hit a car left partially on the road by an underage drinker and was then hit by an alleged drunk driver, according to the Highway Patrol.

And last month, African immigrant Kossivi Gadegbeku was killed by a drunk driver in the Brier Creek area in Raleigh.

The national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement crackdown includes more than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country.

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