Drive sober or get pulled over

Drive sober or get pulled over

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2022 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national campaign mobilization will take place from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5.

To kick off this campaign, the Safe Communities Coalition and the Tuscarawas County Health Department will be at the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, 259 S. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover, on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 3-7 p.m.

Representatives of Safe Communities, along with local law enforcement, will provide education on the dangers of impaired driving and the importance of making smart decisions when behind the wheel. Games and giveaways also will be offered. Everyone is encouraged to stop by.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in 2021 impaired driving was a factor in 45% of the fatal crashes in Tuscarawas County. “By looking at the statistics, we know that OVI education and enforcement is one of the most important traffic-safety priorities in our county,” said Abbie Benton, Safe Communities coordinator at the Tuscarawas County Health Department. “Nearly half of the fatal crashes in 2021 involved some type of impairment.”

That is why Safe Communities, the Tuscarawas County Health Department and local law enforcement are working together to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, but also a matter of life and death.

Call Benton at 330-343-5555 ext. 153 or email abenton@tchdnow.org.