A Holiday filled with fireworks, picnics, festivals, and special events is upon us, and Safe Communities of Pickaway County encourages everyone to plan ahead for safety this Fourth of July. The National Campaign of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” will be observed here in our community with increased patrols on our roadways. Local law enforcement will join other agencies across the state, and nationwide, to make sure this Holiday remains safe. The Fourth of July can be one of the deadliest times of the year due to the number of persons who choose to drive impaired. The solution…..designate a sober driver long before the fun begins.
“Pickaway County has had its share of impaired driving crashes and fatalities over the past several years. Thanks to local law enforcement, many of the Holiday weekends have remained fairly safe”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program. “However, with the increase in special events here and nearby, there will be more vehicles on the roadways. Please think of your safety and the safety of others before you get behind the wheel impaired.”
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is promoted nationwide by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Through their website at www.nhtsa.gov , you can view the risks of driving impaired, and suggestions for improving your safety when traveling in a motor vehicle. Safe Communities has been a part of local events this Spring and Summer to promote a variety of safety messages such as “Click It or Ticket” and “Ride S.M.A.R.T.” . Seat belt use is extremely important, and Safe Communities recommends you “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”. Furthermore, the summer months increases travel by motorcycles. Traffic Safety Advocates remind all drivers to “Share the Road” and “Watch Out for Motorcycles” during the summer and all year long.
This Fourth of July remember that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”, and report any driver that appears impaired to local law enforcement immediately.