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Drive Sober Kickoff This Friday

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement mobilization will be in effect
across the U.S. from Aug. 17 to Sep. 5, 2022. Impaired driving is one of the deadliest
and most often committed crimes, although it is preventable. “Impaired driving can be
avoided by planning a sober ride home or designating a sober driver,” said Elisa
Frazee, Knox Public Health’s Safe Communities Coordinator.


This Friday (August 12, 2022), Knox County’s Safe Communities Coalition, coordinated
by Knox Public Health, will host the Drive Sober Kickoff. Local law enforcement and
participating agencies will be located on the Public Square at the Mount Vernon Music
and Arts Festival from 6-8pm. Join us for corn hole, spin wheel questions, and to chat
with our local law enforcement.


Impaired driving has impacted many Knox County residents. So far in 2022, Knox
County has had six traffic fatalities, with two of them being caused by an impaired
driver. In the past five years, the deadliest year for impaired driving in Knox County was
2018 where out of 12 fatal traffic accidents, seven of them were caused by an impaired
driver. 


“We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe by planning ahead to
designate a sober driver,” said Lieutenant Coby Holloway from the Mount Gilead Post of
the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Please don’t risk your life or the lives of others by
getting behind the wheel impaired.”


For more information or to get involved with the Knox County Safe Communities
Coalition, contact Elisa Frazee, Safe Communities Grant Coordinator with Knox Public
Health at 740-392-2200 x2272.

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