National Crackdown on Drunk Driving
National Crackdown on Drunk Driving Runs August 15-September 1 No Excuses: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Our message to drivers is clear: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” • Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people every year. • On average in 2012, one person was killed every 51 minutes in an alcohol-impaired driving crash. • Holiday weekends bring a surge in drunk driving. Of all traffic fatalities over the 2012 Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Tuesday), 38 percent involved drunk drivers. • During the Labor Day weekend in 2012, there were 147 people killed nationwide in crashes involving drivers or motorcyclists whose blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) registered at .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. It is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher). • That’s why law enforcement agencies, including the Madison County Sheriff's Office, are teaming up to put an end to the tragedies caused by drunk driving • This year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign will run from mid-August through the Labor Day holiday (August 15 through September 1), targeting a particularly dangerous time for encountering drunk drivers. • The campaign message says it all: drunk drivers will be caught and arrested. No excuses. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. • The strategy is to be visible, be vigilant and let local motorists know that drunk driving is not an option. • It isn’t just about making arrests—these high-profile national crackdowns save lives. NHTSA research tells us that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk-driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. • The goal is to reduce drunk driving year-round, not just during the crackdown. We’re making progress, but there’s still a lot of work to do. ADDITIONAL STATISTICS • One in three traffic fatalities are in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. • Of the 390 people killed in traffic crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2012, one in four were in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher –that’s almost double the legal limit nationwide. • Nighttime is especially dangerous. More than three-fourths (76%) of all drunk-driving fatalities over Labor Day weekend 2012 occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. • Young drivers from 18 to 34 years old are overrepresented in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, especially over the Labor Day holiday. That weekend in 2012, 48 percent of young drivers killed in crashes were drunk. In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, and it’s illegal for anyone under 21 to drink at all. SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS Here are some simple tips to help motorists and passengers keep safe this Labor Day holiday period—and all year long. o Plan a safe way home before you start the Labor Day festivities. o Before drinking, designate a sober driver. If you wait until you’re impaired, you’re more likely to make a bad decision.