'Glad' About More Sobriety Checkpoints
26, 2013 - Tom Joseph
Pa. - You might think an organization called "MADD" didn't have much
to be glad about, but more police on the streets through this holiday weekend
is certainly one thing that has them pleased. According to Mothers Against
Drunk Driving national president Jan Withers, of Upper Marlboro,
high-visibility law enforcement is a proven way to reduce drunk-driving deaths.
when it's advertised, and people know about it, it's a deterrent, and then when
they see the officers on the highway and they have the sobriety checkpoints,
it's interesting because it literally does reduce those fatalities by 20
percent," Withers said.
in Pennsylvania and across the country are out in force through the Labor Day
weekend, looking for drunk drivers as part of the annual "Drive Sober or
Get Pulled Over" campaign.
remarked that, rather than being frustrated by delays at sobriety checkpoints,
drivers should be grateful. "If they happen to go through a sobriety
checkpoint, please say 'thank you' to the officers for helping to protect
us." According to Pennsylvania State Police, more than 56,000 people were
arrested for drunk driving in the state last year.