(Louisville August 15, 2013) If you drink and drive in Louisville Metro, beware, County Attorney Mike O’Connell’s office is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign Aug.16 to Sept. 2.
The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.
O’Connell said Louisville Metro Police will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown.
“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 53 minutes across America. But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” said O’Connell. “High-visibility enforcement like the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Metro Louisville’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”
Last year, Kentucky recorded over 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and over 3,000 injuries. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, nine people were killed and 388 were injured on our roadways. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.
“If you plan on drinking, don’t get behind the wheel,” said O’Connell. “If you do, and are arrested, you will be prosecuted.”
For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.