Keep the Party off the Road: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


Delaware County, OHIO – December 12, 2013 – Drunk driving is always a problem, but is especially tragic during the December holidays where alcohol consumption at parties leads to an increase in traffic crashes, injuries, and death.

            Beginning Dec. 13, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office deputies will join a multi-agency effort – Project STAR – to crack down on impaired drivers. Dubbed Project STAR or Strategic Traffic Accident Reduction, the Sheriff’s Office will work in coordination with Franklin County focusing on U.S. 23 and adjacent highways to ensure safety.

               According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 32,000 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011, and 31% of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving related crashes.

               Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin says, “Don’t chance it. It only takes driving under the influence one time to ruin lives. Regardless of how much you’ve had to drink, always hand over your keys to a designated, sober driver.”

               The Sheriff’s Office encourages people to plan ahead before heading out to any holiday party where alcohol will be consumed.

·         Designate a driver.

·         Let a friend or family member know where you’ll be, in case you need to call them for   

   a ride home.

·         Put the phone number of a taxi cab company in your purse or wallet.

·         Use public transportation, if available in your area.


               Project STAR is a grant funded endeavor from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.