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“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign” underway for 22nd year in Virginia

Virginia launched its 2023 Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement and public education campaign on Aug. 28. Governor Glenn Youngkin kicked off the campaign alongside law enforcement, medical professionals, and EMS responders who work tirelessly day and night to save lives from the dangers of drinking and driving.

The campaign is in its 22nd year of reminding Virginians of the consequences of impaired driving. An increased enforcement period for Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over will take place from now through the Labor Day holiday.

Last year, there were 6,910 alcohol-related crashes on Virginia roads—resulting in 4,174 persons injured and 274 fatalities. The number of people killed increased 11 percent compared to 2021.

“The increase in drunk driving fatalities underscores how important it is to plan a safe ride home before you drink to protect your life and the lives of your fellow Virginians,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “State and local law enforcement will be coordinating with the Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign to put a stop to these tragedies before they happen.”

More than 150 Virginia law enforcement agencies will participate in the Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign through Labor Day. A total of 476 individual saturation patrols and 100 sobriety checkpoints will be conducted across the Commonwealth.

“The Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign reflects our collective commitment to stopping irresponsible, impaired driving and in turn, saving lives. We’re asking all Virginians to plan a safe ride home before drinking,” said Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Gerald Lackey.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over reminds Virginians to get a safe ride home after drinking or face arrest. The campaign uses public safety messages and high-visibility enforcement to keep impaired drivers off the road.

The 2023 campaign is supported by new research from local partner Lake Research Partners, who conducted a July survey of Virginia drivers who are most likely to drive after drinking: 21 to 35-year-old males. The research showed that in the last year, 63 per cent of men surveyed admitted to having driven after having a few drinks or being driven by someone who had a few drinks. While 96 per cent of young men indicate that they believe it is important to make a plan to get home safely after a night of drinking, only 44 per cent frequently do.

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