Charlotte County, FL- August 26, 2021
On Saturday, August 28, deputies will be participating in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s National ‘Saturation Saturday’ campaign taking a collaborative approach to road safety. During this campaign, deputies will be highly focused on areas where impaired driving has been statistically prevalent and include increased DUI patrols and other enforcement efforts aimed at preventing impaired driving and catching those who make the wrong choice.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even during the pandemic, drunk driving fatalities increased 9% despite fewer vehicle miles traveled.
Locally, we saw 283 DUI arrests in 2020 and 223 arrests so far in 2021.
“We are eager to support Mother’s Against Drunk Driving and their efforts to eliminate impaired driving during the third Nationwide Saturation Saturday. I encourage everyone to plan ahead for a ride home. There is never an excuse to drink and drive.”Sheriff Bill Prummell
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About Mother’s Against Drunk Driving:
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 400,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.