Nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies from all over the country are supporting Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, including Zion National Park. The campaign, designed to combat impaired driving, started August 19 and will continue through September 5.
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that over 10,000 people died in crashes involving drivers who were at or about the legal limit. Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth says that the park is “committed to protecting park visitors by intensifying our law enforcement efforts. With twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occurring over weekends and four times as many accidents occurring at night, we will be particularly vigilant during these times.”
Those who fail to drive sober may face jail time, lose their driver’s licenses, or be required to use ignition interlock devices.