The Union County Sheriff's office is cracking down on impaired driving this week, as it participates in the annual "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" campaign.

The Union County Sheriff's office is cracking down on impaired driving this week, as it participates in the annual "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" campaign.

The campaign began on Aug. 21 and continues until Labor Day, Sept. 7. According to Sgt. Don Eubanks, in the first weekend of the campaign there were four arrests for OVI, three open container citations, and one arrest for physical control. In addition to those arrests, one person was found with an outstanding warrant, there was an arrest for eluding a police officer, and there were eight drug citations issued.

The campaign began with the annual 'Mocktail' event, designed to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving, according to Eubanks, the campaign's organizer. "It's always our goal to educate first, but we will continue to be aggressive with our enforcement actions during and after the campaign."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the average OVI violator commits that violation approximately 80 times each year.

"Again this year, our office will take a zero tolerance approach toward impaired drivers," said Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson. "Our message is simple - if you drive over the limit, you will be under arrest."

The enforcement operations are fueled by deputies already scheduled for patrol and supplemented with funds from OVI fines that have been allocated for that purpose, according to Eubanks.

- Lin Rice