West Virginia University Police announced Wednesday (June 30) its officers will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday period, cracking down around campus on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest enforcement blitz.

“Driving while drunk isn’t worth the tremendous risk. No matter your age, if you’ve had too much holiday spirit, you’d better find a safe and sober ride home or your chances of arrest are high,” said Chief Bob Roberts.

Chief Roberts cited recent statistics to underscore the importance of the crackdown. In past years, 34 percent of all drivers involved in traffic-related crashes during the July 4th holiday period had blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

“Too many people still fail to understand that alcohol and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident – nor is it a victimless crime. It’s vitally important that we bring this tragic situation to an end,” said Chief Roberts.

Chief Roberts said following these easy steps, a driver can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their life and the lives of the others who may be on the road.

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a friend or family member to get home safely;
  • If you happen to see a drunk or impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your campus or local law enforcement.

For more information, please visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.


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