|Safety coalition reminds all to drive sober this holiday weekend|
|Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:10 PM|
LIMA — This Friday, the nation joins together in one big party to celebrate the 4th of July. As a reminder to everyone celebrating the 4th, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol as well as other local law enforcement will work overtime throughout the weekend to keep our roadways safe from impaired drivers by enforcing Ohio’s impaired driving laws.
Someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 48 minutes, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s why there is a crackdown on impaired driving. We are reminding everyone this Fourth of July, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Beginning today throughout the weekend, law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers - not only in Allen County but across the nation.
Impaired driving will not be tolerated. Freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are jeopardized when people choose to drink and drive. Violators can lose their license, time from their job and money in high fines and court costs. In addition, violators risk injury or death for themselves and others – and if things go very wrong - possible imprisonment for vehicular manslaughter or homicide.
• Choose a non-drinking designated driver.
• Take a taxicab.
• Spend the night where the event is being held.
• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by using 1-877-7-Patrol.
• Remember buzzed driving is drunk driving.