OUPD and D.P. Dough Partner for Drunk Driving Awareness Campaign

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A drunk driving awareness campaign designed to educate students and the community about the costs associated with drinking and driving is set to launch this spring, with fliers designed by Ohio University’s University Communications and Marketing office being distributed by D.P. Dough of Athens.

“I was approached by the CEO of D.P. Dough at a football game, and he said he would love to partner with us and work with the police department about alcohol awareness,” said Ohio University Police Lt. Eric Hoskinson. “The fliers aren’t necessarily about the punishment and what might happen as a result of being under the influence, but how the costs will hit their pocket books.”

Hoskinson added that the cost of a first time drunk-driving offense can be staggering once everything is considered, including court fines, attorney fees, reinstatement fees, alcohol-awareness classes and an increase to auto insurance premiums.

“The total average cost of a first-time drunk driving offense in Ohio can range anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000,” he said.

D.P. Dough executives chose to locate a store in Athens because of existing ties to the university and community. D.P. Dough President and CEO Matt Crumpton is an OU alumnus who approached his family about owning and operating a franchise. His father, Mark Crumpton, who recently retired from a corporate career overseeing all Verizon Wireless operations in Kansas, Missouri, and Southern Illinois, was looking for another business venture and partnered with his son in the franchise. D.P. Dough restaurants are currently located in 13 states with 21 locations.

After successfully managing the Athens location for six months, the Crumpton family bought the D.P. Dough national franchise in 2011. Mark now serves as president of Crumpton Properties, the company which owns D.P. Dough Franchising. His wife, Kim, serves as vice president of administration and finance for the franchise.

“Our delivery drivers see all kinds of craziness when they are out on the road late at night,” said Matt Crumpton. “The one thing they should never see is a drunk driver. We fully support the mission of the OUPD to eradicate drunk driving from our community, and an educational campaign about the risks and costs of driving drunk is a great start.”