Maintain Your Independence This Independence Day: Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over
This Independence Day, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. During the holiday weekend, law enforcement will work to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving accounted for 29% (10,511) of motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2018. With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads at night.
Celebrate with a Plan This Fourth of July, Sheriff L. Paul Bailey and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the day. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
-Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
-If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the County of Berrien Dispatch Center at (269) 983-3060.
-Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
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