Chief urges safety during holiday weekend

By Frank Lewis

August 30, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

On Thursday the Daily Times spoke with Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware about the role of the Portsmouth Police Department over the Labor Day weekend.

“Once again, our community will be celebrating the holiday weekend with a host of festivities including the start of the high school football season and the River Days Festival with its many activities, including the grand parade. Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect along the parade route as well as the festival areas and the riverfront. Strict enforcement of those restrictions will result in illegally parked vehicles being towed. Please adhere to posted closures and restrictions. Through traffic is encouraged to use the Carl Perkins bridge during the parade on Saturday,” Ware said. “As a reminder, the Portsmouth Police Department is participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign. Throughout the holiday weekend, officers will be out in force in an effort to deter impaired driving and apprehend those who make the poor choice of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

Earlier in the month, Ware and Lt. M.R. Gore, commander of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, each issued advance notice of the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Gore and Captain John Murphy of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office said - “It’s about making good decisions and influencing others to do the same, if you plan to drink then designate a driver and make sure that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a safety belt.”

Sergeant Rob Davis of the Portsmouth Police Department said every year about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators. He said in 2011, 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers. That works out to approximately one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes.

“Please do your part to help make sure that all of us can enjoy a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend by drinking responsibly, engaging in alert, sober driving and wearing your seatbelt,” Ware said.

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