We're getting closer to the Labor Day Weekend Holiday. Do you have any plans? Staying in Wichita? Taking a road trip? Well, remember that it you're going to be driving...you're going to have lots of company on the Kansas roads.
Law enforcement will be working overtime to target impaired drivers across Kansas and the country as part of the annual You drink. You drive. You LOSE. campaign. It's going on now through the Labor Day holiday weekend. More than 150 law enforcement agencies across Kansas are joining forces to stop drunk driving.
Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. On average, three people are injured every day in alcohol-related crashes in Kansas. Nationally in 2016, more than one-third of all fatalities over the Labor Day weekend involved a drunk driver with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or greater. Impaired drivers cause 20 to 25 percent of all traffic fatalities.
In 2017, male drivers accounted for nearly 80 percent of all impaired driving fatalities and 70 percent of all impaired driving injuries in Kansas. Impaired drivers can face jail time, suspension of their driving privileges, fines and other costs of up to$10,000. Beyond the financial and legal penalties, impaired drivers face the risk of losing their own lives or taking someone else’s.
Please play it safe out there. Don't Drink & Drive!