MADD and law enforcement team up for “Saturday Saturday”

MADD National President Alex Otte

MADD News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Volunteers and staff from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will team up with law enforcement patrols across the country on Saturday, August 27 for the fourth “Saturday Saturday” nationwide.

Virtual and in-person events highlight impaired driving prevention efforts by law enforcement during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled” campaign, which launched on August 17 and runs through Labor Day.

NHTSA’s ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled’ campaign, long supported by MADD, helps fund increased enforcement of impaired driving, sobriety checkpoints and anti-drinking driving ads during one of the busiest travel times of the year. According to recent NHTSA estimates for 2021, more than 12,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes – the worst year since 2007.

“Dangerous driving behaviors have increased over the past two years, resulting in more alcohol-related deaths and injuries on our roads,” said MADD National President Alex Otte. “As we head into one of the busiest weeks on the road and the long Labor Day weekend, MADD joins our law enforcement partners in urging everyone to plan ahead before the first drink. Designate a healthy driver, use carpooling or call a taxi. There is never an excuse for drunk driving.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sobriety checkpoints reduce the number of drunk driving deaths by 20%. Saturation Saturday events will include checkpoints, increased DUI patrols (known as Saturation Patrols) and other enforcement efforts aimed at preventing impaired driving and arresting those who make the wrong choice. MADD New Mexico staff and volunteers will participate in law enforcement roll calls, checkpoints and other support activities to reinforce the vital importance of these road safety enforcement initiatives. .

We know that at the end of the summer, people go to parties and celebrate with their loved ones. Therefore, it is essential that they have a plan, and that plan should be to designate a non-drinking driver to get them home safely,” said MADD New Mexico Advisory Board Member Bert Parnall. . “The message of law enforcement high-visibility traffic initiatives like Saturation Saturday is not only to arrest drunk drivers, but also to let potential drunk drivers know that if they choose to drive, they will be caught.

Supporting fair and just road safety enforcement is one of the key elements of MADD’s campaign to end drunk driving, launched in 2006. MADD advocates for funding for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over events to the NHTSA, which take place each year in August and December, and Click It or Ticket in May. Other elements of MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunk driving include passing laws requiring ignition interlocks for all impaired drivers, supporting advanced impaired driving prevention technology in all new vehicles and taking personal responsibility by using carpooling, public transportation, taxi, or designating a non-drinking friend or family member whenever plans include alcohol.

Participating law enforcement agencies for New Mexico Saturation Saturday 2022 include: Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police, Lea County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo of Pojoaque Police Department, Deming Police Department, Taos County Sheriff’s Office, Police Department of Roswell, Bosque Farms Police Department, Santa Rosa Police Department, Hagerman Police Department, Rio Rancho Police Department, Cibola County Sheriff’s Office, Milan Police and Ramah Navajo Police Department.

Listed agencies will hold either a sobriety checkpoint or saturation patrol on Saturday, August 27..

To follow events throughout the day, follow MADD on Twitter at @maddonline or on Facebook at @MADD.Official.

About Mothers 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 non-profit organization working to end impaired driving, help combat drug-impaired driving, support victims of these violent crimes and prevent alcohol consumption among minors. MADD has helped save more than 400,000 lives, reduced the number of drunk driving fatalities by more than 50%, and promoted the designation of a drink-free driver. MADD Campaign to end drunk driving® calls for law enforcement support, immobilizers for all offenders, and advanced automotive technology. MADD has provided free support services to nearly one million victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving through local victim advocates and the 24-hour victim support line. 24 1.877.MADD.HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1.877.ASK.MADD.

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