Expecting fans to go on a party spree during football and basketball seasons, authorities in three states — Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia — initiated the Fall Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign at the I‐64 rest stop. Kicked off on Aug. 18, 2017, the campaign intends to keep a tab on the growing rate of road accidents.
The three state Governor’s Highway Safety Offices and members of local law enforcement agencies used the campaign to remind all sports enthusiasts to be responsible hosts this season. They reminded the hosts to not allow their guests to sit in the driving seat if they were too impaired to drive safely and legally.
Maj. Josh Swindell, Ohio State Highway Patrol commander of field operations, said, “We face new challenges. The drug epidemic with opiates has directly led to an increase in impaired driving fatalities.” He also raised his concern over daytime drugged driving.
Lt. Aaron Martin of the Kentucky State Police’s Ashland Post said that they wanted the public to know that law enforcement officers from three states would keep a vigil on people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol as well as distracted driving. Moreover, they intend to contain the number of accident-related deaths while making citizens feel safe on the road.
Driving under the influence of drugs is a serious problem that caused many accidents last year. Law enforcement officials are being trained under a program to deal with the problem. The program — the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program — is being run in all three states. It is aimed at addressing the ever-growing problem responsible for road crashes.
West Virginia Public Service Commission Officer Matt Epling was upbeat that the partnership between three states would help eliminate impaired and distracted driving on roadways, which had caused some major accidents in 2016.
Growing prevalence of road crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 28 people succumb to an alcohol-related vehicle crash every day, which translates to one casualty every 51 minutes. Though fatalities due to DUI witnessed a decline in recent years, drunk driving still contributes to more than 13,000 deaths every year. In 2015, alcohol-impaired crashes claimed 10,265 lives. NHTSA recommends the following effective measures to prevent drunk driving and loss of lives:
- People planning to drink should avoid driving. Arranging for a safe ride home or designate a sober driver before going ahead with drink is a better idea on any day.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. The safer options are to call a taxi or phone a sober friend. Else, using public transportation is a great idea.
- People hosting a party should not allow a drunk person to get behind the wheel. Rather, they should take their keys, and drop them home safely or arrange a ride for them.
- Anybody who finds an impaired driver should call the local law enforcement. It could help save someone’s life.
Helping people with drug addiction
While law enforcers from different states are doing their best to prevent impaired driving, some do get involved in such incidents. In such cases, people grappling with drug addiction need expert help to deal with authorities.
Sovereign Health’s Court Services division helps such people with effective legal support. We do not offer legal counsel or representation. However, we do accompany our patients to court and try to settle the matter with the judge and the attorney. We make every effort to trade jail term with effective treatment. We also offer assistance to mental health patients, charged with or convicted of a non-violent, non-serious drug-related offense in different states of the United States. You can contact us at our helpline 866-439-7698 for more information about our services.