As a part of the national “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign, Olive Branch Police Department is launching an intensive campaign to crack down on DUI or driving under the influence. Olive Branch saw 147 DUI arrests last year, and 22 motor vehicle accidents with a driver confirmed to be alcohol impaired. Nationally, 32 percent of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents involve a driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. “All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life,” said Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage. “Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown.”
Officers will conduct DUI specific checkpoints, and areas such as Goodman Road near Davidson, State Hwy. 178 near Old Craft Road, Goodman Road near Alexander and State Hwy. 305 near Church Road will be patrolled heavily, especially during high-risk nighttime hours reports the DeSoto Times-Tribune. During the crackdown period, Aug. 20 through Sept. 6, officers will arrest anyone they find driving impaired, no one will get off with a warning. “Our message is simple,” said Gammage. “If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. ”
According to the Olive Branch Police Department, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver’s license, increased insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and potential job loss. “Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. So don’t take the chance,” Police Chief Gammage said. “Remember, if you are over the limit, you’re under arrest.” Because of this, if you or anyone you know is charged with a DUI, it is very important to seek the representation of an experienced Mississippi DUI attorney to aggressively protect your best interests.