Monday, June 27, 2016

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Fourth of July Holiday Crack down Garden City Police Joins National Fourth of July Weekend Crackdown to Reduce Substance–Impaired Driving Fatalities

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Substance–Impaired Drivers [Garden City, Mo] – Local police will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Fourth of July weekend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on substance–impaired driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Garden City, will run from July 1-5, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance–impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance–impaired driving over the Fourth (4th) of July holiday.

The Garden City Police Department stated its officers will be aggressively looking for substance–impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance–impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Thomas Alber. “In 2015, 192 people were killed and 644 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance impaired driver involved fatality every 1-3/4 days.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces substance–impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Garden City’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Chief Alber.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired by alcohol and /or drugs is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only do alcohol and /or drugs impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Chief Alber said.

“Substance–impaired driving is simply not worth the risk. So do not take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, said Chief Thomas R. Alber

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at