Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Campaign
Join the fight to end Drunk Driving by supporting the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign.
Why? Because Drunk Driving still kills one person every 53 minutes
From August August 16 – September 2 Thousands of Law Enforcement Officers, State and Local Safety Advocates and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will work together to end drunk driving.
- During the Labor Day holiday in 2011, 138 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drivers or motorcyclists whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registered at least .08.
- 44 percent of the drivers or motorcycle riders who were killed were 18 to 34 years old.
- It is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher. If drivers are caught driving while impaired, they will be arrested.
- Eighty-three percent of fatalities in drunk driving crashes over the 2011 Labor Day weekend occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
- The annual nationwide effort will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and media outreach, supported by national federally-funded advertising in a comprehensive campaign to curb impaired driving.
- Police across the country will be out in very high numbers from mid-August to Labor Day to crack down on impaired drivers and to save lives on America’s roadways.
- The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is designed to save lives on our roadways by reminding drivers that if they get behind the wheel after drinking, they will be caught and arrested.
- Even if there isn’t a crash, people who are caught driving impaired often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and numerous financial consequences—such as attorney fees, higher insurance rates, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.
- Research shows high-visibility enforcement reduces alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. When combined with paid and earned media, high-visibility enforcement saves many more lives on our roadways.
For additional information and resources, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
What Can You do to Stay Alive and Help Keep Others Safe:
- Plan a safe way home before the party begins;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver; Make sure He/She stays sober
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
- Use your community’s sober ride program: http://duijusticelink.aaa.com/for-the-public/aaas-role/public-education/sober-ride.
- Put the above link on your smart phone.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; But don’t do it while driving
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
- Do NOT ride with someone who has been drinking or drugging
- Do NOT serve alcohol to anyone under 21 including family members
- Do NOT purchase alcohol for anyone under 21
- Make sure you understand how your prescription medicine(s) may affect your driving
- Don’t act stupid and do illegal drugs and drive: Don’t do them period.
- If you really must party, the safest party is in your own home
- Use Common Sense!!
You too, can save lives just by following these tips.
Remember, the life you save may be your own!
We Save Lives (The Leading Voice for Highway Safety, educating and influencing the public about the 3D’s; Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted driving.)
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Have a SAFE Labor Day Weekend!