Drive sober during holiday, say safety forces


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@aimmediamidwest.com



Firefighter Ken Knapp, Wellington police Lt. Jeff Shelton, officer Ed Burgos, assistant fire chief Bill Brown, and SLCAD supervisor Fred Swanson place “stay sober” tags on alcoholic beverages at Discount Drug Mart.


The tags are a joint initiative between Wellington safety forces and the Lorain County health department.


A recent swell of deadly crashes didn’t prompt Wellington safety forces to place “stay sober” tags on alcoholic beverages at Discount Drug Mart on Rt. 58 on Friday, but it certainly provided added motivation.

“We’ve been doing this for three or four years,” said Wellington police Lt. Jeff Shelton. “We’re all working together to try and put a stop to this. We’ve had three deaths in the past two weeks and that is unacceptable.”

“Drive sober,” the tags say.

Their placement is a joint effort between the Lorain County health department, Wellington police, Wellington firefighters, and South Lorain County Ambulance District.

The tags were placed in advance of Fourth of July weekend, which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has determined to be the deadliest driving weekend in the U.S.

“We’re out every month in the county’s DUI task force doing checkpoints and saturation patrols,” Shelton said. “That’s curbed a lot of it but there’s just so many impaired drivers on the road. Alcohol tells you can drive alright so you just do it. It’s called liquid courage for a reason.”

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

Firefighter Ken Knapp, Wellington police Lt. Jeff Shelton, officer Ed Burgos, assistant fire chief Bill Brown, and SLCAD supervisor Fred Swanson place “stay sober” tags on alcoholic beverages at Discount Drug Mart.
http://thewellingtonenterprise.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/06/web1_IMG_8787.jpgFirefighter Ken Knapp, Wellington police Lt. Jeff Shelton, officer Ed Burgos, assistant fire chief Bill Brown, and SLCAD supervisor Fred Swanson place “stay sober” tags on alcoholic beverages at Discount Drug Mart.

The tags are a joint initiative between Wellington safety forces and the Lorain County health department.
http://thewellingtonenterprise.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/06/web1_IMG_8788.jpgThe tags are a joint initiative between Wellington safety forces and the Lorain County health department.

By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@aimmediamidwest.com