Pearl, Miss.— As residents of Pearl prepare to celebrate the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the Pearl Police Department wants to remind everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving. Pearl is partnering with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to spread the word about impaired driving dangers and to work together to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.
The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 21 through September 7. The Pearl Police Department has zero tolerance for drunk driving.
“We want to see Labor Day celebrated, but celebrated safely,” said Pearl Captain Amanda Thomasson. “We need commitment from our community members that they’ll keep the streets free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a safe holiday. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us protect the community and put an end to this senseless behavior.”
Pearl Police recommend these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Pearl PD at 601-939-7000.
Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
The statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to the NHTSA, 10,511 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2018. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2014 to 2018 — one person was killed in drunk-driving crashes every 50 minutes in 2018
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/national-mobilization/peak-enforcement-kit.