The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time to reflect on the hard work of fellow Americans. The long weekend is typically celebrated through picnics, pool parties, and barbecues, as families and friends enjoy the last few days of summer before fall and winter approach. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday is also one of the deadliest, with impaired drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways.

This year, local law enforcement, including the Shawnee Police Department, is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop impaired drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, began August 16 and run through September 4, 2017.

During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for impaired driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce impaired driving on our nation’s roadways.

Statistics show a frightening trend in impaired-driving. According to NHTSA, 10,265 people

were killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in

2014. On average, 10,000 people nationwide were killed each year from 2011 to 2015—one

person killed every 51 minutes in 2015. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each

year, with no survivors. This is why police are working with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office to remind drivers that drunk and drugged driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Over the Labor Day holiday period in 2016, 10 people were killed in 9 fatal crashes in

Oklahoma. Nationwide, forty percent of the fatal Labor Day crashes involved drivers who had

been drinking. Of those alcohol-related fatal crashes, one third (33%) involved drivers who were

drunk (.08+ BAC). Nighttime is the most dangerous time to be out on the roads.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit

www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.