Drive Sober campaign to launch

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be teaming up with local law enforcement to crack down on impaired driving ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

A kickoff for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign was Tuesday at the Canfield City Building.

“The whole point is to get people thinking about the problem, thinking about that decision they are making to drink and drive and to hopefully make the right decision, which is don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver. Get a taxi cab. Just be responsible. There are plenty of ways you can go out as an adult and in moderation enjoy alcohol socially,” Canfield Assistant Police Chief Scott Weamer said.

The Mahoning County OVI Task Force and the patrol, along with other local law enforcement agencies, will be conducting saturation patrols beginning Friday and will last through Labor Day. During the enforcement period, more than 99 law enforcement partners have planned more than 8,400 enforcement hours.

“Impaired driving is a serious matter, and the Patrol takes a no-excuses approach to addressing it,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Law enforcement will be out in full force to remove dangerous drivers from Ohio’s roadways so you and your family can arrive home safely.”

A similar campaign was conducted over the Fourth of July holiday. The Labor Day enforcement is one of the biggest DUI crackdowns of the year.

In 2013, 341 people died in 309 OVI-related crashes on Ohio’s roads. Impaired drivers were involved in 34 percent of all fatal traffic crashes.

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