Tonight, from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol. A team of Traffic Safety Unit officers will hit the streets for one purpose, arresting impaired drivers.
The Saturation Patrol will focus on major thoroughfares, highways and those areas which include drinking establishments. As we've mentioned in previous blogs, the Overland Park Police Department is committed to removing impaired drivers from our roadways.
So far this year (through October 31st), 537 drivers have been arrested in Overland Park for driving under the influence. During that same time frame, there have been 109 alcohol-related crashes that we've investigated.
From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)- The good news is that alcohol and drug-related traffic fatalities are at an all-time low. The bad news is that impaired driving fatalities account for 38 percent of all motor vehicle deaths. That's one person killed every 33 minutes and one person injured every two minutes. We've come a long way in the battle against impaired driving, but it continues to be one of the most serious national problems.
Remember, if you choose to drink, please don't drive.