Adams County Safe Community Coalition’s goal is to end drunk driving

ProclamationThis Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, law enforcement agencies in Adams County and the Georgetown Post of the Ohio State Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs August 19-September 5, 2016. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roads.
“Please, please, plan ahead before you go out,” said Lt. McElfresh, Commander of the Georgetown Post-Ohio State Patrol, and member of the Adams County Safe Communities Coalition. “Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, do not drink and drive.” The National Highway Travel Safety Administration has made it even easier to get home safely when you’ve been drinking, with the free SaferRide mobile app, available through iTunes and Google Play. The app allows you to call pre-selected contacts or a taxi, and also identifies your location so you can be picked up.
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.
Members of the Adams County Safe Communities Coalition receive the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 proclamation from the Adams County Commissioners. Pictured above, front row, from left, are: Dane Clark, GE-Peebles; Trooper Ellis, Georgetown Post OSP; Bonnie Pertuset, Adams County Health Department; Commissioner Paul Worley; and Holly Johnson, Adams County Economic and Community Development Director. Back row, from left,  Dr. William Hablitzel, Adams County Health Commissioner; Ty R. Pell, Adams County Commissioner; Kendra Fithen, Adams County Regional Medical Center; Debbie Ryan, Adams County Safe Communities Coordinator; Heather Hoop, Adams County Regional Medical Center; Stephanie Edgington, Adams County Health Department; and Brian Baldridge, Adams County Commissioner.