The Hood River Police Department will be ramping up its efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. From August 21 through September 7, the Police Department will be participate in a high visibility campaign which will allow more officers to target impaired drivers.
This program is in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Law enforcement agencies from around the nation will participate in this enforcement and will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. According to statistics from 2013, 38 percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend involved drunk drivers. In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content .08 or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk driving crash every 52 minutes in the United States.
You can also be charged with a DUII if you are under the influence of a controlled substance, inhalant or prescription medications.
The Hood River Police Department asks that people drive responsibly.
“If you feel you have had too much to drink or are not in the right frame of mind, please request a ride from a sober party or call a taxi,” said Sgt. Don Cheli.