CINCINNATI -- In 2012, more than 550 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Ohio and Kentucky and a two-state campaign aiming to end future senseless deaths is in full swing ahead of Labor Day weekend.
Police officers from Kentucky and Ohio, along with AAA and highway patrols, joined together Wednesday to enforce the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national campaign to cut down on Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated (OVI) related deaths.
The campaign will run through September 1 -- Labor Day weekend.
In 2012, 385 people were killed in OVI-related crashes in Ohio and 168 people were killed in Kentucky.
Labor Day weekend cuts short an average of 167 lives per year in America due to drunk driving crashes and about four in 10 fatal crashes on Labor Day weekend in 2012 was caused by a drunk driver.
The U.S. has more drunk drivers than most countries have people, according to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign website.
More drunk driving statistics:
- In 2012, three out of four of those arrested for driving under the influence were male
- Nearly two out of three fatal crashes in 2012 between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. involved a drunk driver
- Each year, on average, more than 10,000 people die on the roadways due to drunk driving – that would equal 20 jumbo jets crashing each year
- An average of one drunk driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in 2012
- In the last five years, more than 750 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during the Labor Day weekend
On Feb. 21, Cincinnati Country Day School teacher Fredrick R. Carey was killed after Todd R. Shaw crashed into him while he was cycling on Round Bottom Road.
Shaw, a repeat drunk driver who admitted killing Carey while driving intoxicated, was sentenced to 9 1/2 years behind bars.
For more information on Ohio and Kentucky's drunk driving initiative, CLICK HERE.
Watch a message from Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign: