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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over


Drive Merry, Bright, and Sober This Holiday Season
This holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with the Jones County Sheriff's Department to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving. From Friday, December 18, 2020, through Tuesday, January 1, 2021, law enforcement will participate in the high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roadways.
Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,511 people were killed nationally in drunk-driving crashes in 2018. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2014 to 2018 - one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash in America every 50 minutes in 2018. This is why the Jones County Sheriff's Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Christmas and New Year festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
"The Christmas and New Year holidays should be an enjoyable time for our community members, not a marker for the death of a loved one due to a drunk driving crash," said Jones County Sheriff' Joe Berlin. "We need commitment from our community members that they'll keep the roads free of drivers impaired by alcohol or by drugs so that everyone can have a safe holiday. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk/impaired driving is illegal and it takes lives. Expect to see enhanced enforcement all across Jones County by JCSD deputies working Mississippi Office of Highway Safety grant funded overtime saturation patrols and safety checkpoints. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior," Sheriff Berlin said.
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