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Eight States Crack Down On Impaired Drivers
"Operation Nighthawk" Introduces "Drunk Driving - Over the Limit, Under Arrest" Campaign for Labor Day Holiday.

Date of News Release: 08/18/06

"Over the Limit, Under Arrest." That is the message of law enforcement's new Impaired Driver Campaign. And the officers are taking their job seriously. Hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout the six states in the Mid-Atlantic Region* of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will conduct "Operation Nighthawk" the weekend of August 19. Locally, law enforcement in Kentucky and Ohio will also join the campaign.

Officers will be looking for impaired drivers and they will be out there during the day, in the evening and all night long. Your best bet: Drive Sober.

To signify the importance of the event, more than 50 officers from law enforcement agencies across the Tri-State area will meet for a full evening of training in the Big Green Room at Marshall University's football stadium. Beginning at 7:00 PM on August 19, officers will be treated to a dinner provided by the State Farm Insurance Company. Joining the dozens of officers will be victims of impaired driving crashes, highway safety officials, advocates from MADD and SADD and several local elected officials. At the end of the program, the officers will return to their own jurisdiction to conduct sobriety checkpoints. These checkpoints are funded by the Governor's Highway Safety Offices of each state.

The first of the evening's activities is a presentation by Leo Mudd, himself a retired Kentucky State Trooper. He has presented his program "Have an Eagle Eye For The Impaired Driver" to officers all over the United States. Following Mr. Mudd will be Ms. Sarah Jokovich, the victim of an impaired driver. She will speak about the changes in her life since the crash. Angela Criswell, the Kentucky State MADD Director, will join Sarah for a few comments.

Representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Baltimore) will join Bob Tipton, Director of the West Virginia Highway Safety Program thanking the officers of the tri-state for the tremendous cooperation and support in various campaigns throughout the years.

At the conclusion of the evening's activities inside the stadium, officers from the Huntington Police Department and the Marshall University Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the 2000 Block of 3rd Avenue to allow media access to a checkpoint similar to the hundreds scheduled all over the eight states.

Media: All speakers and guests will be available for interview during and after the evening's activities. Dinner and training session will conclude at approximately 9:30 PM. The sobriety checkpoint on 3rd Avenue will begin immediately after.

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