Law enforcement officials encouraging safe driving on Labor Day

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Although it’s a day marked as the unofficial end of summer and many are taking the day to enjoy off, law enforcement officials want everyone to stay safe.

Labor Day marks the end of the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign which started in August.

During this period, law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.

Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, along with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to reduce drunk driving on roadways.

On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2013 to 2017 — one person was killed in drunk-driving crashes every 48 minutes in 2017.

During the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. September 1 – 5:59 a.m. September 5), there were 376 crash fatalities nationwide.

“Labor Day should be a time for friends and family to come together to enjoy the last days of summer,” said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. “We need a commitment from our community members that they’ll keep our roads 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 put an end to this senseless behavior,” Gautreaux said.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely, along with safe alternatives to drinking and driving. Many suggest having a designated driver or use a ride share like Uber or Lyft.

Officials also encourage anyone who sees a drunk driver to call 911.

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