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Police cracking-down on drunk driving in nationwide campaign

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In an effort to curtail drunk driving, law enforcement in the Tri-State area will be participating in a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The nationwide crackdown which runs from August 16 to September 4 will include high-visibility enforcement and high profile events and advertising. 

"Locally, we aggressively watch for impaired drivers year-round but this campaign will ensure that our roadways are safer for everyone during the heavily traveled Labor Day holiday," Cambell County Attorney Steve Franzen said in a guest column in the Cincinnati Enquirer

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,265 people were killed in drunk driving crashed in 2015, an increase of nearly 9,967 in 2014. On average, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related crash everyday. 

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08. In most states, driving under the influence carry hefty penalties. 

In Kentucky, a first offence can carry up to a $500 fine, 120 days license suspension, 30 days in jail, community labor and one year of abuse treatment — which can really hurt the wallet. 

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