One person is killed about every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, totaling more than 10,500 lives lost each year.
During the Christmas and New Year holiday periods, we typically see an increase in drunk-driving deaths, and that's why you'll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The campaign, which runs December 18-January 1, aims to educate people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk.
As we've seen since the public health emergency began, drivers are making riskier decisions when they're behind the wheel — including drinking and driving. As the year comes to a close and a new one begins, make it a point to drive sober every day.
Drunk Driving Is Deadly
Have a Plan Whether You're Driving, Riding or Hosting
- Before drinking, plan a safe and sober ride home.
- Don’t let someone get behind the wheel if that person has been drinking.
- If you’re hosting a gathering, make sure everyone has a sober ride home.
- Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
- If you see a drunk driver, call 911.
The Effects of Alcohol on Driving
|Blood Alcohol Concentration||Predictable Effects on Driving|
|.02||Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time|
|.05||Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations|
|.08||Reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, lack of speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception|
|.10||Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately|
|.15||Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing|
If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI
Did you know that you can also get a DUI for driving under the influence of drugs? Driving while impaired by any substance — legal or illegal — puts you and others in harm’s way.