HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County Police Department will be participating in the national ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign beginning today.

From Aug. 17 through Sept. 5, the department said it will be taking part in the campaign to prevent drunk driving crashes, injuries and fatalities. The initiative aims to educate people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person is killed about every 45 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, totaling more than 11,000 lives lost each year.

“While the summer festivities may be coming to an end, we want to make sure those events end with you making it home safely,” Henrico Police shared in a Facebook post.

Graphic from Henrico County Police Facebook page

Over the 2020 Labor Day weekend, Henrico Police said 38% of traffic fatalities nationwide involved a driver who had been drinking.

“The choice is simple: If you’re drinking, don’t drive,” the department said.

NHTSA: Have a Plan Whether You’re Driving, Riding or Hosting

  • Before drinking, plan a safe and sober ride home.
  • Don’t let someone get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.
  • If you’re hosting a gathering, make sure all your guests have a sober ride home.
  • If you see an impaired driver, call 911. And always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.