Lawrence County's St. Patrick's Day DWI Enforcement Crackdown 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Enforcement Campaign a Success
Declaring Lawrence County's participation in the national St. Patrick's Day Crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance - impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office reported that one (1) substance-impaired driving arrest, one (1) felony arrest and one (1) fugitive was apprehended.
107 traffic stops were made during the enforcement period that included nine (9) traffic citations and 107 warnings were issued for various traffic violations.
"I am proud of our Deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region's roadways safer," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.
"Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individual," Sheriff DeLay said. "Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America's highways."
In 2016, there were 179 fatalities and 643 serious injuries that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every 2 days.
During the St. Patrick's Day holiday March 17-20, 2016, two (2) people were killed and eight (8) seriously injured which, involved at least one substance-impaired driver. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.