Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: September 2, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police to Participate in NHTSA's "Over the Limit-Under Arrest" Campaign this Labor Day Weekend

The Cape Coral Police Department's Traffic Unit will be increasing patrols this holiday weekend as a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's nationwide effort to crackdown on impaired drivers.

Cape Police will be conducting a citywide roving saturation patrol on Friday night into the early morning hours of Saturday. Studies have shown that this is when the greatest concentration of Impaired-Driving Fatalities is likely to occur.

Members of the department's Traffic Unit have adjusted their duty hours to cover this special detail without the use of overtime.

"Cape Coral was recently ranked one of the safest cities in Florida for traffic safety as evidenced by a 10% reduction in crashes for the first half of 2011. These efforts are one of the main reasons for this positive trend.

The detection and arresting of impaired drivers is not the ultimate goal of any campaign. It is a means to an end; and that end is fewer impaired-driving related crashes and fatalities in Cape Coral."- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

Below are some sobering statistics from the NTHSA:

Ø The .08 BAC threshold - All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have established a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

Ø Crossing the threshold - In spite of these laws, nearly 11,000 people nationwide during 2009 were killed in crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher.

Ø Repeat offenders - A driver involved in a fatal crash who had a BAC of .08 or higher was almost 2 times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving impaired than a driver involved in fatal crash who had consumed no alcohol.

Ø Impaired drivers and vehicles - The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 or higher involved in fatal crashes was highest for motorcycle riders (29%), compared with drivers of light trucks (23%) and passenger cars (23%).

Ø Impaired drivers and age - The highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who had BACs of .08 or higher was for drivers 21 to 24 years old (35%), followed by drivers 25 to 34 (32%) and 35 to 44 (26%).

Ø High-risk periods - Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was 4 times higher at night than during the day (37% versus 9%); and 31 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, compared to 18 percent during the week.

Ø A serious crime - Alcohol-impaired (.08 BAC or higher) crash fatalities accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities during 2009 - or an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.