What is Saturation Saturday?

Labor Day is a popular day of celebration when many Americans have parties and drink alcohol. It’s a time of increased drunk driving which is why an increased law enforcement presence is needed.

Saturation Saturday was first launched in Missouri in 2016. It is a night of increased law enforcement patrols and sobriety checkpoints designed to reduce incidents of drunk or drugged driving. Last year Illinois and New York joined in the campaign.

Due to the success of Saturation Saturday, MADD wants to hold simultaneous events across the country this year.

One of the cornerstones of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® is increased, high-visibility law enforcement to both catch drunk drivers, drugged drivers and — equally important — to deter others by sending a strong message that if you drive drunk, you will get caught.

Saturation patrols are not just effective in stopping alcohol-impaired drivers. Saturation patrols also work to catch drivers who are impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

Saturation Saturday takes place on August 24, the Saturday before Labor Day weekend. It coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs from August 14 through September 2.

Law enforcement Officers from the Cape Coral Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Myers Police Department, Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Florida Highway Patrol are partnering to conduct a saturation on the roadways in every jurisdiction of Lee County. This effort shows the dedication and teamwork of all of Lee County County law enforcement agencies to rid the roadways of dangerous drivers.

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