This weekend, local law enforcement will begin to take part in a national program designed to help reduce the number of alcohol-impaired accidents and deaths. While always vigilant, Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies will keep a closer eye out for those who may be driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol Aug. 19 through Sept. 5.
Local law enforcement will participate in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative in an effort to help reduce the number of alcohol-impaired fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July 4 remains the most deadly holiday for alcohol-related crashes, followed closely by Thanksgiving and Labor Day. More than 40 percent of the accidents that occur on these holidays can be linked to alcohol-impaired drivers.
Driving under the influence of alcohol can result in many different outcomes and none of them are pleasant. Those arrested for driving while impaired can face hefty fines, jail time and the possible loss of their drivers license. If an accident is involved, the choice to drink and drive could result in trauma, huge medical expenses and even the loss of life. And sadly, the victims of alcohol-impaired driving accidents are often innocent people who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
We applaud the efforts of the Hamilton County Sheriff's department and the other law enforcement agencies who are trying to reduce the statistics and keep all motorists safe on the road.