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"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign" starts Friday

During this high-visibility law enforcement campaign, officers will show zero tolerance for...
During this high-visibility law enforcement campaign, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. (Source: Pixabay)
Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 at 12:18 PM CDT
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DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - The Labor Day holiday weekend is not here yet, but the Dexter Police Department and other agencies are already gearing up to keep drivers, families, and friends safe.

As many celebrate the last unofficial weekend of Summer, officers will be out on extra patrols for the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

This year the extra patrols begin Friday, Aug. 17 through Monday, Sept. 3.

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During this high-visibility law enforcement campaign, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016. This breaks down to one person killed every 50 minutes in 2016.

"We need our community to understand: It's up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober—Labor Day, and every day," said Dexter Police Chief Trevor Pulley. "Drunk driving is a huge problem in our country, and the numbers are rising, little by little. This isn't about a ticketing campaign. This is about a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal, and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior," he said.

Law enforcement, national agencies, and organizations urge you to use safe alternatives to drinking and driving.  If you plan on drinking alcohol, they suggest having a designated driver set up in advance, using a rideshare service, or calling a taxi to make sure you get home safely.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, police want you to give them a call.

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