By 1808Delaware

In a resounding call to action, the members of the SAFE Delaware County Coalition, including the Delaware Public Health District, are gearing up to launch the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. The kick-off event is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 18, starting at 12 Noon at the Jon Peterson Memorial Plaza, situated outside the Delaware County Courthouse. This significant occasion marks the commencement of law enforcement’s united effort to curb impaired driving, extending from August 18 to the Labor Day weekend.

Paving the Path to Safer Roads

With the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, the SAFE Delaware County Coalition is championing a cause that goes beyond enforcement—it’s a movement that speaks to the heart of safety, responsibility, and the well-being of every resident. The campaign’s message is crystal clear: Impaired driving is not only a crime but a safety epidemic that demands immediate attention and action.

Empowering Collective Efforts

The gravity of impaired driving statistics cannot be ignored. OVI-related crashes accounted for a staggering 55 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in Ohio from 2020 to 2022. Recognizing the need for united efforts, the campaign calls upon every law enforcement agency in Delaware County to intensify impaired driving enforcement. But the responsibility doesn’t rest solely with law enforcement; it extends to every driver on the road.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Curry emphasizes that the battle against impaired driving requires collective commitment. Law enforcement officers are on the front lines, actively detecting and apprehending impaired drivers, but their efforts are amplified when drivers themselves make responsible decisions. Lt. Curry calls upon drivers to plan ahead, designate sober drivers, and ensure that every occupant of the vehicle is securely buckled up.

Igniting Change, One Event at a Time

The kick-off event on August 18 at the Jon Peterson Memorial Plaza marks a pivotal moment in the campaign. Members of the media, SAFE Coalition members, law enforcement representatives, county officials, and community members are invited to join in this event that symbolizes unity, determination, and the shared goal of safer roads for all. It’s a reminder that the fight against impaired driving is a collective endeavor that requires active participation from everyone.

The SAFE Delaware County Coalition, spearheaded by the Delaware Public Health District, stands as the lead agency in this vital initiative. Partnering with local law enforcement, healthcare providers, fire departments, schools, businesses, and community groups, the coalition is dedicated to providing educational programs and resources aimed at preventing injuries and fostering a safe environment.

Join the Movement

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is a powerful reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility. By making conscious choices, designating sober drivers, and spreading awareness, you become an integral part of a movement that seeks to protect lives and create a safer Delaware County. Together, we can transform the narrative, ensuring that every journey is undertaken with sobriety and care.

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