NHTSA Kicks Off “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” National Campaign against Drunk Driving
The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched its annual national campaign "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The campaign is part of a national effort to crackdown on drunk driving. During this end of summer campaign, more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country will zero in on drunk drivers with no tolerance for those who drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .08. During the campaign, national advertising supported by $13.5 million in funds will run to remind drivers as to the importance of never driving drunk.
The NHTSA hopes to convey the message to drivers that if you have been drinking, do not drive or you will get pulled over. Police officers and district attorneys will prosecute drunk driving charges to the fullest extent and you could face considerable fines, penalties and even potentially time in jail.
According to the NHTSA, while the number of drunk drivers on the road has been reduced, motorists are still at risk of being involved in an accident with a drunk driver at anytime of the day. The chance of a drunk driving accident increases during the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Labor Day is a dangerous holiday for drivers, as many more drivers take to the roadways after consuming alcohol beverages.
Drunk Driving Places Everyone at Risk
Alcohol related fatalities account for 31 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities across the United States. Each year, over 10,000 people are killed due to drunk driving and 68 percent of those killed were involved in a crash where the driver had a BAC of .15 or higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit.
All motorists are encouraged to wear their seat belt and drive defensively to protect themselves against the potential dangers of being involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Pay close attention to the actions of other drivers while traveling at night or in the early morning hours. If you see a driver that may be intoxicated and is posing a significant threat to others on the road around them, call your police department and report their location along with plate number if possible.
If you know you will likely drink, plan ahead to find a safe way home. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi or download a ridesharing app. With some forethought and planning there is never any excuse for drivers to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
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