Gulfport Police warn drivers that a DUI is no laughing matter

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Unfortunately this holiday weekend is often known for a lot of accidents and many of those accidents involve alcohol.

That's why Gulfport Police are among the many police stations cracking down with "over the limit under arrest" campaigns.

As authorities throughout the state gear up for one of their busiest weekends of the year, Gulfport Police are no exception.

"We're trying to put the message out there. We're using the sign board, using saturation patrols, extra patrols other than your normal patrol officers. And we'll have various, numerous checkpoints throughout the city this weekend."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts out statistics about drunk divers each year, and the most recent numbers may shock you.

"16,000 people are killed every year and 305,000 people are injured at the hands of impaired driving which means every 32 seconds, someone dies in an impaired driving crash," said McDaniel.

Officers said, a lot of times, drivers seem to have a sense of confidence that they're not drunk at all. And the couple drinks they had didn't have much affect on them.

"What they fail to realize is, when you're impaired while driving, it reduces your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely as one who would be sober while driving," said McDaniel.

It seems like every year someone decided to get behind the wheel after having a drink. The choice is up to you, but officers warn there are no benefits to getting a DUI.

"When you're arrested for DUI you face a lot of things other then cost. Whether it's attorney fees, towing fees, you know your insurance rates will raise. You also face the possibility of going to jail, you lose your drivers license and possibly an $1,100 fine," McDaniel explained.

This is a message preached again and again each holiday, but it's up to drivers to make the right decision and Gulfport Police are hoping you do just that.

The Over The Limit, Under Arrest campaign started June 29, 2011 and will end July 5, 2011.

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