Law enforcement officers from around the county gathered Monday morning in the Madison County Commissioners’ office to launch the safe-driving campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
They witnessed the commissioners’ signing of the proclamation declaring the time period of Aug. 15 through Sept. 1 as the time span during which law enforcement will have an increased presence on county roads and the interstate and state highways.
Lt. Marty Fellure of the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said has received federal dollars to cover the overtime costs incurred by placing additional troopers on duty during the aforementioned two-week period. An amount was not specified.
Fellure said they will be setting up OVI checkpoints — but not too close to existing Madison County bars — to check drivers for drinking while driving. They will also be looking for other forms of impaired driving. The primary goal of the campaign is saving lives.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.