Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard Keneth Waters Commissioner Worley seeks re-election Republican challenger vies for Commissioner’s seat Charles Cooper Thelma J White Kayleigh L Crothers AEP Ohio employees support Breast Cancer Awareness Month WUHS holds annual Beta Club and Honor Society inductions When Saturday mornings belonged to the kids of the house Senior Profile: Gloria Purdin Green-White Night, OHSAA Meeting at WUHS on Nov. 9

Law enforcement will target impaired drivers Labor Day weekend

This booth was set up Aug. 26 on the courthouse square in West Union to remind drivers to make good decisions this coming Labor Day weekend.
This booth was set up Aug. 26 on the courthouse square in West Union to remind drivers to make good decisions this coming Labor Day weekend.

Local agencies promote Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign –

Story and photo by Patricia Beech –

A stepped-up Labor Day initiative, Drive Sober or Get Pulled  Over, is seeking to keep Adams County drivers safe during the Labor  Day weekend.

Bringing attention to the problem of impaired driving during the  Labor Day holiday is a collaborative effort between the Ohio Traffic  Safety Office, the Ohio State Patrol, Adams County Safe Communities  and the Adams County Economic Development office.

Partnering with the Ohio Highway Patrol, area agency employees on Friday, aug. 26, set up booths on the courthouse square in West Union to raise  awareness about the the campaign aimed at preventing impaired and  drunken driving during the Labor Day weekend.

“We position this event during this time of the year so we can  keep safety in the forefront of people’s minds,” said Debbie Ryan of  the Adams County Safe Communities Coalition. “As people drive past us  we hope it will soak in that they need to designate a driver. Doesn’t  mean they can’t drink or have a party, just be responsible about it and designate a driver to take them back and forth from the parties.”

The two-week Labor Day safety blitz promoted by the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encompasses six midwest  states: Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  The national crackdown calls for zero tolerance through Sept. 7 for  impaired and drunken driving.

“With the kickoff of Drive Safe or Get Pulled Over and the  approach of Labor Day, we just want to remind everybody to go out and  have a good time, but do it responsibly,” said Lt. McElfresh,  Commander of the Georgetown Post-Ohio State Patrol and member of the  Adams County Safe Communities Coalition. “Either have a designated  driver or just don’t make the bad decision to drink and get behind the  wheel,”

In 2013, 38 percent of crash fatalities during Labor Day weekend involved drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentration  (BAC) of .08 or higher and more than twenty-seven percent of those  drivers had a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.

According to Ryan, the Adams County Safe Communities Coalition is  charged through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and the Ohio Department  of Public Safety to educate the community in four main traffic safety  initiatives: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Click It or Ticket, Look  out for Motorcycles, and Don’t Text and Drive.
“The Safety Coalition members here in Adams County do all they can to  get out in the community to support these traffic initiatives and get  them out to the people,” said Ryan. “This August, and every day,  remember: there is never an excuse to drink and drive. If you choose  to break the law, law enforcement will see you before you see them.  This Labor Day, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

A free SaferRide mobile app, available through iTunes and Google Play  makes it easy to get home safely when you’ve been drinking. The app  allows you to call pre-selected contacts or a taxi, and also  identifies your location so you can be picked up.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2016 People's Defender