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Labor Day: Don’t Drive Drunk or Distracted

Baltimore County, Maryland (August 30, 2013) - Those hitting the road this Labor Day weekend to celebrate the unofficial end of summer are reminded that drinking and/or distracted driving is dangerous and against the law.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011 more than 9,800 people died in alcohol-related driving crashes. Also in 2011, over 3,331 people were killed due to a distracted driver.

Baltimore County Police and other law enforcement agencies around the nation are committed to stopping these crimes. Drivers can expect to see strict enforcement of driving laws that include not only DUI and DWI, but aggressive and distracted driving as well.

Lethal Cocktail

Anyone driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher is considered legally drunk and will be arrested. Remember too, that a driver may have a BAC level lower than .08, and yet may be incapable of driving. Driving while “buzzed” is dangerous; as the driver’s reaction time is impaired. This is driving under the influence and punishable by a fine and/or arrest.

Think before you get behind the wheel. Texting and drunk driving is a lethal cocktail.

If you know you will be drinking alcohol, arrange for a designated driver. You’ll save your life and the lives of others.