The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri as part of an annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving.

The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Franklin County, will run from mid-August through Labor Day.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through Labor Day holiday weekend.

Sgt. Steve Pelton said deputies will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” Pelton said. “In 2013, 223 people were killed and 692 seriously injured on Missouri roadways in crashes involving alcohol and drugs.

“During the Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 10 fatal and 41 serious injury crashes, which involved at least one substance-impaired driver,” he noted.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Franklin County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” Pelton said.