Drive SoberHENDERSON, Ky. (8/9/18) — Henderson police say those that chose to drink and drive in Henderson should be aware.

Henderson Police Department is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 17-Sept. 3.

HPD Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Richmond stated the nationwide 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 impaired driving.

“We aggressively watch for drunk drivers year-round,” Richmond said. “But, by joining this effort, we will make Henderson’s roadways safer for everyone during the heavily-traveled Labor Day holiday.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 50 minutes across America, Richmond said. In addition, high-visibility enforcement such as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. 


There were more than 3,900 total collisions involving alcohol in Kentucky last year, resulting in more than 1,800 injuries and 121 fatalities, authorities reported. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, there were 57 collisions involving alcohol resulting in 22 injuries and three fatalities.

“We hope the campaign will serve as a reminder that those who choose to drink should never get behind the wheel,” Richmond said. “But, if someone does choose to drive while drunk, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses.”

Last year, Senate Bill 133 passed the legislature and will require repeat DUI offenders to blow into an ignition interlock device, which is installed on the vehicle. The vehicle will not start if the person’s blood-alcohol concentration exceeds a 0.02 level. 

Richmond said first-time DUI offenders are not required to have the device installed unless the offense involved an aggravating circumstance such as speeding or driving drunk with a child in the car.

“Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk,” Richmond said. “So, don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’”

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

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