JAMES CITY COUNTY — James City County Police announced it will commit extra enforcement to deter impaired driving from Aug. 17 through Sept. 5 as part of the NHTSA’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Drivers may notice an increased police presence during this period as officers will be on the lookout for anyone who is driving impaired — under the influence of alcohol or drugs, for example.
The Department is aiming to keep roads safe for the start of the school year and Labor Day weekend travel, according to a press release, noting on Labor Day weekend in 2019, there were 451 traffic crash deaths recorded nationally, with 38% involving a drunk driver. Over 10,000 people annually are killed by drunk driving.
James City County Police offer the following tips to keep safe:
- If you will be drinking, do not expect to drive! Plan your safe return home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time and follow through with your commitment.
- If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi or utilize a ridesharing platform like Uber or Lyft. Phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
- If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home. If you are the host, request that your guests drive sober. Responsible driving is a team effort!
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement immediately. Your actions could save someone’s life, be vigilant.
- Always employ safe driving habits and wear your seatbelt to mitigate the risk of death or serious injury in a car accident. Be safe, be alert.