Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign in Clark County
Clark County, Ohio – The Clark County Safe Communities Coalition, American Automobile Association (AAA), and local, federal and state law enforcement agencies are joining forces for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Campaign.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a high-visibility enforcement campaign, which runs from August 19 through September 7, 2020. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with law enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.
Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,511 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2018. AAA studies have found most alcohol-impaired crashes occur in the evening and weekends, and drug-impaired crashes have increasingly occurred during the day-time, rush-hour – particularly the morning rush. “Any impairment, whether alcohol or drug-impaired, can be deadly in combination with driving,” said Kara Hitchens, AAA Spokesperson. For this reason, the Clark County Safe Communities Coalition is working to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
“Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Lt. Brian Aller, Springfield Post Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “It is better to arrive sober and late than not at all. That’s why, during the Labor Day holiday, we will make zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses,” Lt. Aller said.
The Clark County Safe Communities Coalition, local law enforcement, and AAA asks everyone to help bring awareness to impaired driving and recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving that will ultimately save lives in Clark County:
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/drive-sober.