Grove City Record

Police to be part of 'Drive Sober' campaign

From mid-August through Labor Day, the Grove City Division of Police will be out in force as part of the annual, nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving.

This initiative promotes high visibility enforcement and is supported by national advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in the community.

In a news release, Chief Steve Robinette reports officers will aggressively look for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

"Every year, approximately one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators," Robinette said in the release. "In 2011, 9,878 people died in crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to roughly one drunken driving fatality every 53 minutes."

During Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll on young drivers. Among 18- to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 42 percent were alcohol-impaired.

"Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent," Robinette said. "By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Grove City's roadways safer."