St. Patrick’s Day enforcement a success

Saturday, March 25, 2017

107 traffic stops made in Lawrence County

Declaring Lawrence County's participation in the national St. Patrick's Day Crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance - impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay reported that one substance-impaired driving arrest, one felony arrest and one fugitive was apprehended.

A total of 107 traffic stops were made during the enforcement period that included nine traffic citations and 107 warnings issued for various traffic violations.

"I am proud of our Deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region's roadways safer," DeLay said. "Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individual. Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America's highways."

In 2016, there were 179 fatalities and 643 serious injuries that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

During last year's St. Patrick's Day holiday enforcement, two people were killed and eight seriously injured in crashes involving at least one substance-impaired driver.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

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