“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Begins in Pickaway County with event at Circleville Walmart
A National Campaign to bring awareness of the detriments of impaired driving begins August 15th, and an event at the Circleville Walmart kicks off the campaign in Pickaway County. Safe Communities of Pickaway County, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, the Pickaway Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Circleville Police Department are joining forces with Walmart to make the public aware that if you don’t “Drive Sober”, you will “Get Pulled Over”. The event scheduled from 10:00 a.m.-12 noon on August 15, 2014, will provide an official ribbon cutting, law enforcement vehicles, impaired driving goggles, and information on the dangers of driving impaired.
“We are extremely pleased that Walmart has offered to assist us with this very important message regarding the concerns for impaired driving within our community”, stated Sheriff Robert Radcliff today. “It is our intent to work with other law enforcement members, and businesses within our community, to promote driving sober throughout the national enforcement period and the Labor Day holiday. It is our hope that the message will remain with drivers throughout the year.”
With the pending Labor Day Holiday fast approaching, law enforcement officials will be out in force to help keep motorists and their passengers safe during this very busy holiday. Locally, law enforcement will join this effort. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one in three traffic fatalities in the United States is alcohol related. Through a grant from NHTSA and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies will provide extra patrols with a focus of removing impaired drivers from the roadway. The kick-off event with Walmart will give law enforcement the chance to meet the public, provide information, and encourage drivers to plan ahead before attending any event or party where alcohol is provided. “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”, and having a designated driver can make all the difference in the safety of those you care about most.
For more information on the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enforcement Period, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .