MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Various law enforcement agencies and first responders gathered at the Marquette Township Fire Hall on Monday morning to announce the start of a new “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
The campaign will include extra patrols by law enforcement agencies.
The campaign is sponsored by the Office of Highway Safety Planning.
"We're bringing public awareness to the fact that people should not drive impaired and/or be impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Anything we can do to reduce one crash, one fatality, we need to do anything we can,” said Michigan State Police 8th District Commander, John Halpin.
The campaign will run from August 14, 2019, through September 2, 2019, and will coincide with Labor Day weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of the year in regards to impaired driving fatalities.
"Labor Day is usually the last big vacation holiday before people go back to school. We know and anticipate a lot of travel, so that's why we're doing this campaign at this time,” Halpin said.
At Monday’s event, law enforcement personnel spoke on how they will be patrolling the roads more often during the campaign, specifically keeping an eye out for impaired drivers.
"We're seeing a lot of extra traveling on our highways, so we're stressing to people if you're going to drink, or do any type of drugs, prescription drugs or illegal drugs, do not drive because you will be found and we will arrest you,” Halpin added.
Marquette Township firefighters also spoke about how drunk and drugged-driving crashes not only affect families and loved ones, but first responders as well.
"They think we're hard to it, just because it's what we do, but no we're not. We'll never forget those accidents, those serious ones,” said Marquette Township Fire Chief, Dan Shanahan.
For more information on the statewide campaign, click here.