Residents of Harrison County who choose to drive after drinking or using drugs during the weekends this summer will find their celebrations cut short, as the Harrison County DUI Task Force mobilizes to take impaired drivers off the road and warns: "You drink and drive, you lose!"
Between July 1 and September 30, the DUI Task Force will be out in full force to stop impaired drivers. Authorities will set up sobriety checkpoints and conduct saturation patrols. Violators will be subject to immediate arrest.
Alcohol and drugs remain a contributing factor in 38 percent of all motor vehicle crashes. Three out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash. Every 33 minutes, someone is killed because of an impaired driver, and every two minutes, someone is injured. While the statistics are staggering, they fail to tell the tragic stories of the thousands of families who bear the daily consequences of this crime.
Every reader can do his or her part by making a simple choice: If you are going to drink, don't drive. Plan ahead and arrange for a designated driver or take a taxi.
Unfortunately, not everyone understands the deadly consequences of not making the right choice. That's why the DUI Task Force is encouraging citizens of Harrison County to take part in this enforcement by not drinking and then driving.
Remember! You drink and drive, you LOSE!