MPD mobilizes high visibility enforcement for ‘Drive Sober’ campaign

Minden Police Department wants to remind motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. In order to enforce this reminder, MPD has already begun stepping up enforcement.

“Our officers will be enforcing this law,” said Chief Jared McIver. “If you are impaired, you will be stopped.”

Minden Police and Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office’s efforts are part of a larger national Drive Sober Get Pulled Over mobilization that runs from now until September 24. Driving a vehicle while impaired is a dangerous crime. Tough law enforcement of drinking and driving laws is a major factor in the decrease in drinking and driving related deaths since the 1980s.

Charges range from misdemeanors to felony offenses and penalties for impaired driving can include driver’s license revocation, fines and jail time.

A first-time offense can cost the driver $10,000 in fines and legal fees.

Being a responsible driver is simple if you are drinking, plan not to drive:

Before drinking, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.

Don’t let your friends drive impaired.

If you have been drinking, call a taxi or ride service. Some communities have Safe Ride programs for a free ride home.

If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

Always wear your seat belt – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

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