Drunk driving crackdowns aims to reduce fatalities over Labor Day holiday

LANSING, MI – The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time for the country to reflect on the hard work of our fellow Americans.

The Labor Day holiday can also be deadly, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways.

Law enforcement officers from ICSO will be watching. If we see you drunk driving, we will stop and arrest you. No second chances”, said Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth. “As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The high-visibility nation enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 18th – September 4th. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving o the nation’s roadways.

According to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase of 298 lives, almost 1 a day, up from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will also include stepped up seal belt enforcement. Buckling up is the most effective method for staying safe in the event of crash.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.