BRUNSWICK – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers.

In 2017, there were 10,874 people killed in these preventable crashes. In fact, on average, over 10,000 people have died each year (2013 to 2017) in drunk-driving crashes.

Here in Medina County, one of the four fatal crashes so far this year involved an impaired driver.

In an effort to help keep Medina County residents safe during the approaching Labor Day weekend and beyond, the Medina County Safe Communities Coalition, as well as local police and firefighters, hosted the 17th annual Cops N’ Rodders Car Show and Cruise-In event at Laure Square Aug. 5.

According Safe Communities Project Director Jessica Miles, the four-hour event kicked off the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” awareness campaign which went into effect Aug. 14 and continues through Sept. 2.

“Drunk driving, one of the deadliest and most often committed, yet preventable crimes has become a serious safety epidemic in our country,” said Jessica Miles, Safe Communities Project Director. “Do your part by being a responsible driver and help keep our roadways safe and never drink and drive.”

Miles said over the next few weeks, just like every day, motorists are urged to remember there is never an excuse to drink and drive.

“If you choose to break the law, Medina County law enforcement shows zero tolerance in its goal to end drunk driving as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign,” she said.

The Medina County Safe Communities Coalition is a collaboration of law enforcement, healthcare agencies, fire departments, non-profit agencies, school districts, the media, and local businesses. The coalition’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Medina County roads and highways. The coalition promotes traffic safety through community events, educational opportunities, and enforcement campaigns like the one at Laurel Square.

In addition to having the opportunity to meet with local law enforcement officers and gather safety information, the event also featured a police vehicle corral, a firetruck display, food, music and more than 200 classic cars.

Additionally, coalition members also conducted activities designed to show participants the dangers of driving impaired.

At the close of the event, awards were also presented to first-, second- and third-place vehicles as part of the car show and an a “People’s Choice” award was also presented to the vehicle owner who earned the most votes from those in attendance.

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