PennDOT and local police are reminding drivers to stay out of the driver seat if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Officers and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation gathered at Millcreek Community Church on Friday to help bring awareness ahead of its Independence Day impaired driving campaign.

The event featured a DUI victims moving memorial that displays the names of more than 2,300 people who were killed in crashes involving impaired driving.

Officers are reminding the community any type of driving impairment, including drug use like marijuana and prescription drugs, are just as illegal as drunk driving.

"With rideshare services and all the other services that are out there to get you from point A to point B without having to drive, there's no excuse to to drive impaired," said Matthew Shallenberger, traffic officer for Millcreek Police.

"Don't turn a holiday week or holiday weekend into a tragedy, and just use your head," said Rick Lorah, deputy chief for Erie Police.

Police are planning a heavier presence over the Fourth of July weekend, specifically looking for impaired drivers.