Coalition to kick off Drive Sober campaign


TROY — Miami County Public Health invites the community to join its Safe Communities Coalition to kick off the 2017 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign at 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Miami County Sheriff’s building located at the Miami County Fairgrounds.

Every year, more than 10,000 lives are lost to drunk driving related crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on thousands of law enforcement agencies to join in the fight against drunk driving. By working together, increasing public awareness and using a no-excuse approach to enforcement, we can send the strong message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.

The coalition will have a wrecked vehicle display, along with an ODOT message board displaying impaired driving statistics. Coalition members and local law enforcement will host a press conference and will have a special guest speaker, a local Miami County resident who has been affected by impaired driving. Following the press conference, fairgoers will be able to sign a designated driver pledge and learn more about safe driving.

Safe Communities of Miami County was created to establish a partnership of individuals from the local health department, law enforcement, parks district, county engineers, schools, businesses and community organizations to collaborate; creating awareness and prevention of death and injuries caused by traffic crashes.

The coalition works to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries in Miami County through initiatives involving education, enforcement and engineering on the following areas:

  • Increase seat belt usage and awareness
  • Increase impaired driving awareness
  • Increase motorcycle safety awareness
  • Decrease impaired driving
  • Decrease distracted driving activity

Safe Communities works together with the community to promote traffic safety and program goals through activities including blitzes, fatal crash reviews, statistical analysis and increasing traffic safety countermeasures.

For more information, visit www.miamicountyhealth.net/safe-communities-coalition.