Police to crack down on impaired driving through Labor Day

Nationwide campaign promotes safety as travel season peaks

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August 14, 2019 - 5:54 pm

Jamie Pfister, associate administrator for Regional Operations and Program Delivery at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speaks during a news conference at the headquarters of the Department of Transportation in Washington, Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019. About 30,000 police officers will be out in the streets making traffic stops around the United States for the next two weeks in an effort to crack down on impaired driving. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo)


WASHINGTON (AP) — About 30,000 police officers will be out on the roads around the country through the Labor Day weekend to crack down on impaired driving.

It's an annual effort, but this year poses potential risks to immigrants who fear getting stopped and deported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday it will run the high-visibility enforcement campaign during what is one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads.

Similar efforts have taken place in previous years, but the heightened police presence this year may increase the fear of potential deportation among some immigrants, given the strict immigration policies pursued by the Trump administration.

The traffic-safety campaign is called "If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High, Get a DUI." It begins Friday.

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