CRESTVIEW-- In an effort to keep residents safe this upcoming Labor Day weekend Crestview Police Department officials are following a nationwide campaign: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
Officials hope pushing awareness and extra patrols around the city will remind people to not drink and drive. According to Crestview officials, over the Labor Day weekend, 40% of traffic fatalities nationwide involve alcohol.
This year, CPD officials are raising public awareness, and bringing in more patrols as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which they hope will ultimately bring fewer drunk drivers out on the road. "Our goal is to reduce the number of DUI's and hopefully save lives, and reduce traffic fatalities," Sgt. Brian Muhlbach said.
Sgt. Mulbach said he understands it is the end of summer, and that people want to have fun. But he said sometimes that fun endangers that individual, and those around them.
Muhlbach said, the department's "drive sober" campaign will not stop in September but will be a program they continue to enforce all the time. "This particular campaign though is more of a awareness campaign, we reiterate to our officers, the importance of DUI enforcement, and really ask them to target that," he said.
Officers are not taking this issue lightly. Muhlbach said if someone is caught drinking and driving they be arrested. "Obviously there is zero tolerance," he said. "There are no rides given no call a friend, there are no excuses we are taking people to jail, if they are caught drunk driving. We are cracking down on that."
CPD officials want to remind residents to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. They are also hoping to work with surrounding agencies to crack down on drinking and driving throughout Okaloosa County.