Are you an offender or will you be a victim? There is mass murder being committed each year in the state of Ohio. In 2010 alone this mass murder claimed 341 lives. The person responsible for one or more of these deaths could live in your neighborhood or work with you.
They could have been next to you at the red light on your way to work. The culpable party in this mass murder is your local drunk driver.
The Miami Township Police Department as well as all Police Departments in the State of Ohio have stepped up their enforcement efforts in order to get these staggering figures down. During the month of August we will be kicking off the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over statewide campaign. This means that if you drive drunk in our community, eventually you will be caught. Our only hope is that we can catch you prior to killing yourself or others that you share the roadway with.
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that eight percent of Americans admit to drinking and driving at least once in the past year. That's about 17 million drivers. This only accounts for those who were willing to admit on the survey and to themselves that they were too impaired to drive.
|OFC John Chirgwin|
This still leaves a strong majority of drivers who do not drink and drive. So besides not getting behind the wheel after drinking, what can you do to help save innocent lives from drunk drivers? If you suspect another driver of being impaired from drugs or alcohol in Clermont County, you can call dispatch at 513-732-2231. Regardless of your location, you can dial 1-800-GRABDUI.
I would also like to take a moment to talk about a type of impaired driving that not many people are familiar with. This is driving after using or abusing prescription medications that impair your ability to drive. Many people are under the impression that if they are prescribed a drug by a doctor, then they can operate a motor vehicle safely while using it. If you pay close attention to most medications, they say on the bottle that you should not operate a motor vehicle after the use of the medication. Not only are you a danger to yourself and others after taking these medications, but in Ohio you will be arrested for OVI (Operating a Vehicle while under the Influence) if you are caught.
If you have any questions regarding drunk driving or any other traffic related issue, we strongly encourage our citizens to contact us at (513)248-3721.