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Commonwealth Attorney’s Office joins campaign to reduce drunk driving

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By The Staff

Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt Donnell is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug.16 through Sept. 2, according to a press release.
“The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, 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,” the release said.
Donnell said in the release that the Anderson County Sheriff’s office, and the Kentucky State Police will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.
“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 Donnell in the press release. “Research has shown that 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 Anderson County’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 more than 3,000 injuries. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, nine people were killed and 388 were injured on roadways. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.  
According to Donnell, violators face jail time, loss of their driver’s licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job.
For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.