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For Immediate Release:  August 13, 2013
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792

Patrol joins Ohio Law Enforcement in Cracking Down
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

COLUMBUS – This year, Ohio law enforcement agencies will join thousands of other highway safety partners throughout the nation to take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired driving. The enforcement blitz begins Friday, August 16 and will last through Labor Day.

During the enforcement period, law enforcement partners have planned more than 7,000 enforcement hours and more than 900 hours of saturation patrols around the state.

“Law enforcement partners across the state will be out in full force to ensure people are making the right decisions on our roads,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born. “Impaired driving is a serious matter, and the message is clear – drive sober or get pulled over.”

According to provisional data, 494 people died in 453 OVI-related crashes on Ohio’s roads in 2012.  Impaired drivers were involved in 44 percent of all fatal traffic crashes.

“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own – we need your commitment to make our roads safer,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions – like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is a program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

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