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Grove City, OH 43123
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Targets Drunk Drivers

From mid-August through Labor Day, the Grove City Division of Police will be out in force as part of the annual, nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. This effective initiative promotes high visibility enforcement and is supported by national advertising, creating a  comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in our community.

Chief Steve Robinette reports officers will aggressively look for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, approximately one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Robinette. “In 2011, 9,878 people died in crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to roughly one drunken driving fatality every 53 minutes.”

During Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.

Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll on young drivers. Among 18- to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 42 percent were alcohol-impaired.“

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” said Chief Robinette. “By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Grove City’s roadways safer.”

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. 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,” Robinette said. “If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

Being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of driver’s license and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also face tremendous
embarrassment.

“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. Don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Chief Robinette.