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MADD Saturation Patrols

MADD Saturation Saturday
If you’re going out tonight and it involves drinking, make sure you have a plan for getting home responsibly.

You will likely see extra patrol cars in Lakeland tonight, all part of a nationwide campaign to get drunk drivers off the streets. Officers from the Lakeland Police Departments will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the United States for MADD’s first nationwide “Saturation Saturday.” Locally our team will be joined by fellow partners from the Florida Highway Patrol and Polk County Sheriff’s Office for additional patrols here in Lakeland.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) volunteers and staff will join law enforcement departments for a massive DUI enforcement effort to remind everyone that if you drive drunk or impaired by other drugs, you will get caught.

“Saturation Saturday is intended to overwhelm the nation with the message to never drive impaired, and to show our appreciation for the tough work law enforcement officers do every day to stop the violent, preventable crime of drunk and drug-impaired driving,” said MADD National President Helen Witty. “We know that the days before Labor Day weekend are among the most heavily traveled and can be the most dangerous on our roads for the general public and for law enforcement. We want to stand with them to remind everyone that these waning days of summer are a time for fun, not tragedy.”

MADD’s Saturation Saturday is scheduled to fall right in the middle of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. NHTSA’s $13 million Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, long supported by MADD, helps fund increased drunk driving enforcement and advertising from August 16 through Labor Day.

To follow events throughout the day, follow MADD on Twitter at @maddonline or on Facebook at @MADD.Official. Look for the hashtag #SaturationSaturday.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving®(MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save nearly 380,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.