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LAKE COUNTY KICKS OFF ANNUAL DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017

August 16, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:                                                                                                                 Michelle Hart (440) 350-2464
August 11, 2017                                                                                                                                                               LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT

LAKE COUNTY KICKS OFF ANNUAL DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017

This weekend, Lake County Safe Communities Coalition (LCSCC) is reminding residents the importance of sober driving at its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSGPO) Kickoff. The kickoff will be held during Concord Community Days, Saturday August 12th at 3:30 p.m., on the main stage at Town Hall Campus, 7229 Ravenna Road in Concord.

During the Concord Community Days event, LCSCC will host a table asking all adults of drinking age to pledge their reason for driving sober and distribute DSGPO giveaways throughout the day to all that participate. The kickoff will be held on the main stage immediately following the Concord Citizen of the Year and scholarship winners. During the kickoff, brief presentations will be given by Concord Township Trustee Chris Galloway, and representatives from Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol. This event serves as a means to educate the community on the importance of sober driving and raises awareness of the DSGPO national mobilization. The DSGPO high-visibility enforcement campaign runs from August 16th through September 4th, and is a partnership between National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local law enforcement.

According to the NHTSA, approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with a blood alcohol concentration [BAC] of .08 or higher). In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. Despite the fact that it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, one person is killed every 51 minutes by a drunk driver on our Nation’s roadways.

The LCSCC and NHTSA recommend the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  •  Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for IOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
  •  If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local police department
  •  Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.


For more information about the
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

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Marianne Rusnak
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