Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Holiday Edition
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” safety campaign is all about raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving this holiday season. In addition to public safety announcements, local and state law enforcement agencies across the nation will be stepping up efforts to enforce traffic laws and catch drunk drivers. The NHTSA is also reminding drivers that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
The Facts on Holiday Drunk Driving Crashes
- During the 2013 holiday enforcement period (December 18-31), 1,180 people were killed in traffic crashes.
- Nearly a third of those people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
- In December of 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
- In the months of December from 2009 to 2013, there were 3,857 people killed in drunk driving crashes.
- In 2013, 10,076 of the 32,719 traffic crash fatalities involved alcohol impaired drivers.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
In many cases, one drink can be one drink too many, so if you’re celebrating with alcohol this year, make plans to get a safe ride home. Most of the time, even just one drink can impair your ability to safely operate your automobile. If you’re buzzed, you shouldn’t be behind the wheel. Designating a driver before a holiday party is a great way to ensure a safe ride home. If your ride falls through or unexpected circumstances come up, call a cab or have a friend find you a safe ride home. It could save your life or the lives of others.
Preventable Holiday Tragedies
Injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving accidents are totally preventable. If you plan on celebrating the holidays with alcohol, don’t drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so always designate a driver or have a plan to get home safely. Don’t let preventable holiday tragedies happen to your family or to the families of others.