'Drive Sober' police campaign begins today

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Portage County law enforcement agencies are joining a nationwide crackdown over the holiday season to stop impaired driving and save lives.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign begins today and continues through Jan. 1, 2013, raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.

The Portage County Safe Communities coalition is partnering with local businesses to promote this campaign through holiday tags reminding their customers, families, friends, and neighbors to make good decisions regarding safe driving because excuses will not be accepted and there is no tolerance for impaired driving.

"Portage County's goal is to reduce preventable traffic deaths by strictly enforcing Ohio's traffic laws," said Lt. Nakia Hendrix, commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Ravenna post. "The OHP will focus on keeping roadways safe by providing high visibility, strict enforcement, and education during this campaign."

According to Streetsboro Police Chief Roy Mosley III, impaired driving "is often the cause of preventable crashes. Impairment can be from alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or over the counter drugs. A drug is any substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body. A drug can alter your ability to drive safely and can be dangerous or deadly to yourself and others. Buzzed driving is drunk driving."

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  • Thank God this only lasts thru the first of next month. I have some friends that have a hard time driving without being impaired on a daily basis let alone that long! If there is a good response, maybe the OHP could look into enforcing this year-round?