Ohio and Kentucky join together to combat drunk driving

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CINCINNATI - In 2012, more than 600 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Ohio and Kentucky and Wednesday kicks off the campaign locally to help end future senseless deaths.

Police officers from Kentucky and Ohio, along with AAA and highway patrols are joining together from August 16 through Labor Day weekend to enforce the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national campaign to cut down on OVI-related deaths.

In 2012, 482 people were killed in OVI-related crashes in Ohio and 150 people were killed in Kentucky.

Labor Day weekend cuts short an average of 167 lives per year in America due to drunk driving crashes and the U.S. has more drunk drivers than most countries have people, according to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign website.

They say nearly 10,000 people die on the roadways due to drinking and driving every year in the United States.

Ohio and Kentucky will work together to enforce the campaign beginning Friday, August 16 through Monday, September 2.

For more information, click here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/i-didnt-know-that/

Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in 2012 below:

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