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OPD on the lookout for impaired drivers

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The Owensboro Police Department is giving fair warning. 

Officers are on the lookout for impaired drivers, and on Monday, we heard from a victim who shares a personal message of the consequences of drinking and driving.

The Owensboro Police Department is already in full swing with their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. They want people to know drunk driving isn't worth it.

April 22, 1988 is a date that is forever etched into Roy Critser's memory. The multiple surgeries on his back prevent him from forgetting.

"It's one day you don't forget, just like your birthday. These two drunks come out of a bar and come across the six lanes and hit me," Critser told 14 News.

Critser's encounter with a drunk driver left him with two ruptured discs in his back.

The Owensboro Police Department will be out in full force looking for drunk drivers like the one who hit Critser so long ago.

"We take DUI laws extremely serious, especially in this time of season. We focus extra tension and try to remove as many impaired drivers from the roadway that we can," said Officer David Powell with OPD.

Critser says he doesn't hold a grudge against the driver who hit him, and reminds others to not drink and drive this holiday season.

"Get a designated driver or say, "bar tender, please call me a cab," Critser said.

Officer Powell says the consequences for drinking and driving this holiday season is not worth it. A first time offense could cost you thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and your license suspended. 

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