‘Drive Sober’ campaign kicks off

Staff report

The Labor Day holiday is one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways.

This year, Fulton County Safe Communities is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local law enforcement to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Aug. 16 through Sept. 4, when local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.

Fulton County Safe Communities and local law enforcement agencies will kick off the 2017 Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign on Saturday, Aug. 19, at approximately 9:30 a.m., at St. Richard Catholic Church, in conjunction with the Swanton Corn Festival. Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller will give a brief statement emphasizing the importance of designating a sober driver.

During the Corn Festival parade, the Fulton County Safe Communities coalition will walk alongside the Ohio Department of Transportation’s painted snow plow, handing out Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over magnets as a reminder to not drink and drive, not only during the campaign but all year long.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea,” Miller said. “Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

He added, “Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. Remember, we will be out in force, and we will be watching.”

Fulton County Safe Communities offers these recommendations:

• It is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you have had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver.

• If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 419-335-4010 or 9-1-1.

• 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, like Fulton County Safe Communities on Facebook or visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

Staff report