By Kaitlyn Carr
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office will continue its crackdown on drunk driving this Labor Day weekend.
Deputies will establish a sobriety checkpoint during the late evening hours on Saturday, Aug. 31, through the early morning hours on Sunday, Sept. 1, according to a release.
In participation with the nationwide “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative, deputies will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.
Deputies in Harford County have made 162 drunk driving arrests so far in 2013.
The Labor Day crackdown comes a week after another sobriety checkpoint at eastbound Route 22 and Bynum Park, which led to four arrests.
“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators,” Sheriff L. Jesse Bane said in a release. “In 2011 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers. That works out to approximately one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes.”
During the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 138 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher, according to a release.
Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight hours.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office provided these tips to help motorists and passengers stay safe this Labor Day weekend—and all year long:
- Plan how you will get home before the festivities begin
- Designate a sober driver
- Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation if you are drunk
- Call 911 immediately if you see a drunk driver on the road
- Help make other arrangements and take people's keys if they plan to drive drunk