Chief warns 'Get sober or get pulled over'

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Special to The LaRue County Herald News

If you drink and drive in Hodgenville, beware. Hodgenville City Police is joining with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and officers across the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.  

Chief Steve Johnson said officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown through Labor Day weekend and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

“On average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 53 minutes across America. But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” said Johnson. “Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.”

Last year, Kentucky recorded over 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries.

During the Labor Day holiday weekend, nine people were killed and 388 were injured on our roadways. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.

“Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel,” said Chief Johnson. “But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses.”