Drunk driving campaign kicks off

By Nathan Pilling npilling@civitasmedia.com

August 16, 2014

BEAVERCREEK — The Greene County Combined Health District kicked off its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign at the Greene in Beavercreek on Friday. At the event, attendees could learn about the dangers of drunk driving, hear from local law enforcement officials, sample entrees from a mocktail contest and see medical equipment from local hospitals.

“The message is more or less: get a designated driver, use a taxi service, so you don’t end up like that,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Walter Greene said, indicating toward a damaged vehicle used to illustrate the dangers of drunk driving.

The campaign runs from Aug. 15 through Labor Day weekend. Through the campaign local officials are stressing the importance of driving sober.

“During that time period is when law enforcement will be really watching for those drunken drivers out on the roadways,” said district spokeswoman Laurie Fox.

According to information from the state patrol, during the 2014 year to date 207 OVI arrests have been made.

“That’s 207 too many,” Fox said.

Officers from Fairborn, Beavercreek, Xenia, Wright State University and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office were present at the event.

Nathan Pilling is a reporter who covers Greene County agencies and organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @XDGNatePilling or you can call him at 937-502-4498.