Local agencies join DUI crackdown

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By Lisa King

The national Drive Sober or get Pulled Over campaign, which began Friday, is in full swing and will continue until Sept. 2, a movement in which law enforcement agencies in Shelbyville say they are participating.

“We’ll have some checkpoints and increased patrols, but we don’t know how many actual roadblocks we’ll be doing yet,” Shelbyville Police Department spokesperson Kelly Cable said.

He said the importance of the effort can’t be understated.

“It helps educate everyone about the danger of drunk driving; hopefully it will make people think twice before they get behind the wheel intoxicated,” he said. “Plus we’ve got Labor Day weekend coming up, a time when people are getting together with friends and family, and we just everybody to be safe.”

Shelby County Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell said her office is also behind the campaign.

“On average, there is one alcohol-impaired driving-related fatality every fifty-three minutes across America,” she said. “But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways. 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 twenty percent.”

Donnell said that people should keep in mind that law enforcement is very serious about keeping the roadways safe and saving lives.

“If someone chooses to drive impaired, we will arrest them,” she said. “No warnings. No excuses.”

Cable agreed.

“We just want people to know, that, hey, we’re out there, and we want you to be safe, but if you’re impaired, we’re going to stop you and do what we have to do to keep everybody safe.”