The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is gearing up for their 2018 National Enforcement Mobilization to reduce drunk driving crashes. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign goes into effect on August 15th and runs until September 3rd. Drunk driving is still one of the deadliest and most frequently committed preventable crime in the nation. The NHTSA is taking on drunk driving head-on with their national mobilization campaign.

Raising Awareness About The Dangers of Drunk Driving

Across the nation, law enforcement professionals and safety advocates will be raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving in their communities. In California and other states, there will be enhanced enforcement efforts to catch drunk drivers and prevent people from getting behind the wheel after drinking. In addition to law enforcement and educational efforts, there will also be public awareness campaign ads on social media and other frequently viewed sources.

Drunk Driving by The Numbers

  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk drivers.
  • In 2016, there were 10,497 people killed in drunk driving crashes.
  • On average, more than 10,000 people have died each year (2012 to 2016) in drunk driving crashes.
  • In 2016, nearly one in five children killed in traffic crashes were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
  • 54 percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.

Drunk Driving Crashes in California

Drunk driving has become a preventable epidemic on roadways in California and across the nation. Injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable. It’s never safe to get behind the wheel after drinking, and even buzzed driving is drunk driving. This year, the NHTSA is focusing on spreading the message about the dangers of drunk driving and also increasing enforcement efforts at local and statewide levels.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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