Police: No One’s a Good Drunk Driver

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As Iowans celebrate Independence Day, the Ottumwa Police Department and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) reminds all drivers, No One’s a Good DRUNK driver.

The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest times to be on Iowa roadways. Between 2019 and 2023, there were 32 traffic fatalities during the holiday. In 16 of those fatalities, alcohol was a contributing factor. Nationwide in 2022, a person was killed every 39 minutes in a drunk driving crash.

There are many options available to help impaired drivers get home safely, such as designating a sober driver or calling a taxi or rideshare. If available, use your community’s sober ride program. Remember: a few dollars spent on a ride is a lot cheaper than an OWI conviction, which can cost up to $10,000. If you see an impaired driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement.

The Ottumwa Police Department also reminds drivers to watch for pedestrians. An increase in alcohol consumption and pedestrian traffic can be a dangerous combination. If you’re on foot, cross streets in well-lit areas and use the crosswalks.

The Ottumwa Police Department wants our community members to understand that it’s our first priority to keep people safe, so we’re asking everyone to plan ahead if they know they’ll be out drinking.

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