The Westlake Police Department and police departments across Cuyahoga County are banding together to get drunk drivers off Northeast Ohio roads and protect motorists by supporting the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
This year’s nationwide campaign will run from mid-August through the Labor Day holiday (August 16 through September 2).
“As summer ends and families hit the road for one last holiday, our officers will be out protecting motorists from drunk and drugged drivers,” said Sgt. Jerry Vogel, Westlake Police Department. “Impaired driving continues to be one of the most harmful crimes in Ohio. Hundreds of innocent men, women and children’s lives were taken by a drunk driver last year in Ohio and that is unacceptable.”
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, last year, 42 percent of the fatal crashes on Ohio roadways involved an impaired driver.
The Cuyahoga County DUI Task Force, in partnership with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will kick off the national crackdown with a high visibility corridor enforcement effort along I-90 on Thursday, August 15.
The corridor enforcement began at the end of the Browns’ preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Checkpoints will be conducted each weekend throughout the three weeks of the campaign.
Throughout the campaign, the Cuyahoga County DUI Task Force will be conducting 10 DUI checkpoints. During this time period Westlake also will be deploying saturation patrols aggressively looking for drunk drivers on heavily traveled roadways, including I90 and adjacent streets.