The Labor Day holiday marks the end of summer, a time for families and friends to come together to celebrate the last warm days of the season before the long winter sets in. It is also a time to kick-off the football season #GBR. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year when drunk-driving fatalities increase. To help keep people safe on the streets and put an end to drunk driving, local law enforcement will be out in full force in support of the 2019 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Between August 14 and September 2, 2019, law enforcement officers across the state will team up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to participate in high-visibility enforcement, pulling over and arresting drunk drivers.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national high-visibility enforcement campaign begins in August and continues through September. However, our commitment to enforcing drunk-driving laws never ends. Drunk driving is never okay. If you are planning to drink, make a plan for a sober ride home. Even one drink is one too many.
Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:
- If you are going to drink, make a plan on how to get home, tell your friends to make a plan too. Designate a non-drinking driver for the evening.
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver, ride share program or plan to use public transportation. We want everyone to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, report the driver using *55.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and arrange to get your friend home safely.
Ultimately, drunk driving is 100-percent preventable. Don’t make the choice to put yourself and others at risk. The cost is too high.