ODOT partners with Safe Communities Carroll County by hosting Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over kickoff next week

Community encouraged to attend “Don’t Get Sauced” event
 
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, August 12, 2014)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will partner with Safe Communities Carroll County next Tuesday, August 19th, by hosting the county’s first-ever Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over kickoff.
The “Don’t Get Sauced” event will be held for the community from noon to 1 p.m. at ODOT’s Carroll County maintenance facility located at 258 Kensington Rd. NE, Carrollton, Ohio, and will serve as a kickoff to the nationwide effort to increase public awareness on the dangers of drunk driving by providing impaired driving activities, games, a prize wheel, and a free bag lunch containing a pulled pork sandwich.
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and for many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard barbecues, and visiting friends and family. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk driving related fatalities. So starting August 15th and continuing through September 1st, local police will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of the nationwide effort to save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on roads in Carroll County.
Safe Communities Carroll County Coordinator Amy Campbell said, “We’re hoping that Carroll County drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy. There’s always another way home.” Safe Communities Carroll County is reminding drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before attending any events where alcohol will be served.
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Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
 
For more information contact:
Amy Campbell, Safe Communities Carroll County Coordinator, at (330) 627-4866 ext. 57
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949