Nick McWilliams reporting – To promote the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, Safe Communities of Tuscarawas County will be at the Tuscarawas Farmers Market.

Today, and next Tuesday, the group will present educational material related to driving sober and the risks of impaired driving.

Coordinator Kelly Snyder says that with summer winding down, the importance of reminding residents of safe driving habits increases.

“With Labor Day coming around the corner, there’s going to be a lot of cookouts, a lot people getting together for end of the summer parties. We would just like to get out and talk to everybody about Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Residents at the market can earn prizes, participate in games like Plinko and learn more about drunk driving risks.

A key talking point is the rate of accidents involving impaired drivers.

“People don’t always realize what happens. In 2017 we had 19 fatal crashes, with 20 fatalities. 68 percent of those were by somebody who was impaired. In 50 percent, they didn’t have their seatbelt on. You have a 3-in-10 chance of being in an impaired driving accident, even if you don’t use alcohol or drugs.”

No registration is required, and more information can be found by contacting Snyder at the health department.

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