Cracking Down on Drunk Driving

by Emily Baird on August 30, 2010 at 5:57 am

The Zanesville Police Department is joining a national effort to crack down on drunk driving.

The campaign "Over the Limit…Under Arrest" started last week and will continue through Labor Day.

"We’re assigning an officer to patrol primarily, just to look for traffic offenses involving alcohol-related offenses," says Lt. Tony Coury.

Officers are trained to look for the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, glassy eyes, and drivers who are unsteady on their feet.

"I think it’s a problem everywhere, but we don’t have a high count of DUI arrests…but we are getting our fair share. We’ve had four or five over the last three days, " says Lt. Coury.

All 50 state have laws stating it’s illegal to drive when your blood alcohol concentration is .08 grams or higher. If caught, you can face jail time, but Coury says by just handing over your keys, you can save a life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the primary organizer of the campaign and says it’s spreading its message through $11 million in paid advertising.