A recent crackdown on Impaired Driving may have been a contributing factor to no fatalities in the month of August. With extra patrols on our roadways, and public awareness providing a reminder that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”, the National Campaign against impaired driving could be major factor in Pickaway County being able to have another month where no one died on our local roadways. Considering that Labor Day is known nationally as a dangerous time for impaired driving crashes and deaths, traffic safety advocates are pleased that Pickaway County did not follow that national trend.

“Any time we have a holiday or major event where alcohol is often a part of the celebrations, we are concerned that drivers may not understand how impaired they are, and take the risk of driving while intoxicated”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program. “Having no fatalities in the month of August, and throughout the Labor Day Holiday, tends to make us believe that drivers followed the cautionary message and that extra patrols helped to keep our citizens and visitors safe while traveling through our county.”

Although the national crackdown known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” was completed as of September 1, Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks that drivers continue to remember the message throughout the year. By designating a sober driver before any event, party, or evening out, can and does save lives. For more information on traffic safety tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .

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