Drive Sober Campaign

By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

Barbara Ailey doesn't drive much anymore.

Ailey said, “I saw him coming down the road and he was going down and back the other side.”

Ailey swerved out of the way, but it was too late. Another driver struck her car head on.

Luckily she wasn't a victim of drunk driving, but too many in her shoes are.

Sheriff Andy Hughes said, “There's a nationwide case for DUI pushes. DUI’s lead to a lot of deaths every year, a lot of crashes.”

It’s a push called drive sober or get pulled over. Sheriff Hughes say they're not messing around, especially around holidays like labor day.

Grants from the state will help pay for the overtime police officers will rack up.

Hughes said, “We put out those extra patrols and check points. We want people to know we're out there so maybe it will deter someone from driving drunk.”

Out there and welcomed by people like Kenneth Curry.

Former Safety Director for Georgia Southern Timber Kenneth Curry said, “I believe we need it. You've got a greater population these days. Police forces are well underfunded and they need it.”

Ailey agrees, but knows one pair of eyes isn't enough

Ailey said, “Watch the other person, because you don't know what they're going to do.”

Curry said, “It doesn't matter what kind of party or social function you're at. No drink and no social function is worth someone's life.”

A life you could save if you think before you drink.

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