Reynoldsburg police will be cracking down on drunk drivers in a campaign that started Aug. 21 and will continue through midnight on Sept. 7, the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Reynoldsburg police will be cracking down on drunk drivers in a campaign that started Aug. 21 and will continue through midnight on Sept. 7, the Labor Day holiday weekend.

"Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" is the national campaign's slogan. Police Sgt. Cindy McComb said local officers are joining thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the nation in the effort to get drunk drivers off the streets.

McComb said between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 last year, police made three OVI or drunken driving arrests on top of issuing 50 traffic citations during that period.

In all of 2008, she said, Reynoldsburg police officers arrested 366 impaired drivers and so far in 2009, through July, officers have arrested 209 impaired drivers.

According to data McComb provided, in 2007, nearly 13,000 people nationwide died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

She said in fatal crashes that year, a higher percentage of motorcycle drivers, 27 percent, had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher than any other type of motor vehicle operator.

"Make no mistake, our message is simple: No matter what you drive, passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle, if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you," McComb said.

"No exceptions, no excuses. We will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road and save lives that might otherwise be lost," she said.

She said drunk driving "is simply not worth the risk.

"Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant," McComb said.

She said violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver's licenses, higher insurance rates, attorneys' fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses.

"If you are caught over the limit, you will be placed under arrest," McComb said.

The national "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" crackdown is a program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

-- David S. Owen