Declaring Lawrence County’s participation in the national Holiday DWI Enforcement “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance-impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office reported that no substance-impaired driving arrests were made. One felony arrest was made and four citations were issued. A total of 165 warnings for various other traffic violations were issued during the enforcement period, which ran from December 15 to January 1.

“I am proud of our deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay.

“Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals,” he said. “Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America’s highways."

Last year there were 233 fatalities and 700 serious injuries that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every 1.5 days and one substance-impaired driving serious injury every half-day.

During the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday in 2016 from December 15, 2016 through January 1, 2017, there were 44 fatalities and 193 serious injuries, which seven fatalities and 14 serious injuries involved 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.

For more information, visit the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign headquarters at www.TrafficSafetymarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.