Law enforcement agencies in Macon County joined officers across the country this past weekend in ramping up patrol to keep drivers safe on the road. With summer coming to an end and families making time for one more vacation over the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement agencies were extra cautious in hopes of preventing crashes and saving lives. Macon County law enforcement joined agencies across the state with added patrol and checkpoints set up to keep the roads safe.
"We have an obligation to utilize every tool available to keep our community safe and checkpoints are one of those tools that help keep drunk drivers off our area roadways," said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2009-2013, nearly 500 drunk drivers died in Labor Day vehicle crashes across the country. During the 2013 Labor Day holiday alone, almost half of the 18- to 34- year-old drivers killed in crashes were drunk. But the drivers are not the only ones who lose their lives.