WHITESBURG, Ky (WYMT) - Fatal crashes is a topic we report on more than we would like, especially when alcohol is involved. But police tell WYMT there is something very simple everyone can do to help. Their advice? Drive sober.
State, local and even some out-of-state police joined forces in Whitesburg to kick off this year's "Drive Sober, Get Pulled Over" campaign.
Jackson Police Chief Kenneth Spicer said it is an issue they fight too often.
"It is a never ending battle. We get calls daily," said Spicer.
Officers from Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia will participate. Teresa Meade from the Wise County Sheriff's Department in Virginia was one of those in attendance.
"The cooperation is important because the funding is not there for us to do this full time by ourselves," said Meade.
At Friday's event, attendees heard from Scott Suttles with Pikeville Medical Center's Trauma Program.
"The majority of trauma is preventable. There are some things that are accidental. Impaired driving is a preventable injury," said Suttles.
It is a goal all officers are working for.
"Last year, the first vehicle that we pulled over was a DUI and within 15 minutes, we had another one," said Meade.
The stepped up enforcement runs from August 13th until September 1st to coincide with Labor Day.
We are told the point of the event is to warn folks that if they drive under the influence, there will be consequences.