Last year, during the final weeks of summer (August 1-September 4, 2022), there were 40 traffic fatalities in Iowa; 30% of those fatalities were alcohol/drug related. To prevent future tragedies, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is partnering with law enforcement to decrease impaired driving. August 18-September 4, agencies across the state will be participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement project. You’ll see officers working together during this time to take drunk/drugged drivers off the road. No matter how you plan to celebrate the end of summer, make sure you plan to do it safely.
Nobody is saying you can’t have fun, but ensure that if you do have a drink, you also have a ride home. Whether it be a rideshare app, a friend/family member, or public transportation, you do not want to end up in the back of a police car this weekend. Driving under the influence is a selfish choice and can lead to unintended consequences that change your life forever. Drive sober or get pulled over. Period.