Community News August 09, 2016

Adena - NHTSA to Kick-off Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

During the upcoming Labor Day weekend, many families and friends will celebrate the end of the summer holiday. Sadly, this festive time is also a dangerous time on America’s roadways, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. Because accidental death is one of our region’s top health threats, Adena Health System is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to provide community education to deter drunk driving and to help save lives.

Adena and the NHTSA will host the 2016 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over kick-off event during the Ross County Fair.

When:             August 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Where:            Ross County Fair Grounds Grand Stands

The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs August 19-September 5. During this period, local and state law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to reduce drunk driving in Ohio, and on our nation’s roads. 

According to NHSTA, on average, more than 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes. The most recent Labor Day data shows:

  • 40% of all fatal traffic crashes over the 2014 Labor Day weekend involved drunk drivers;
  • Most drunk driving fatal crashes happen at night;
  • 83% of drunk driving fatal crashes occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.;
  • 40% of the fatal drunk driving crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, with 28% having a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit; and
  • 162 people died in drunk driving crashes, nationwide, during the 2014 Labor Day weekend.

Of the 9,967 people killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2014, 64 percent were the drunk drivers themselves. Those 6,391 drunk drivers thought they would make it to their destinations, but they didn’t. There is never an excuse to drink and drive. If you choose to break the law, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.