For many, the holidays are a time of giving, and one of the greatest gifts is sober driving. NHTSA is partnering with law enforcement in your hometown this holiday season to spread the messages: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI. The campaign runs from December 11, 2019 through January 1, 2020 and aims to educate people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk and high, and that law enforcement will be stepping up patrols to get impaired drivers off the roads.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Drunk driving is a problem on our nation’s roads every day, but it’s more prevalent during the holidays. During the New Year’s and Christmas periods in 2018, there were 285 drunk-driving-related fatalities. These deaths are 100% preventable. Last year, there were 10,511 people killed nationwide in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of the yearly driving fatalities. The tragedy of these deaths is felt year-round, but for many, most strongly during the holidays.
If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI
Like drunk driving, drug-impaired driving is illegal in all 50 states. In 2017, 45% of the drivers killed in fatal crashes who were tested for drugs, tested positive. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, drug-impaired driving can be deadly for drivers, passengers, and others on the road.
If you have holiday parties or festive gatherings on your calendar over the next few weeks, make smart choices and plan out how you’re going to get home safely once the celebration ends. Designate a sober driver, or plan to use public transportation or a ride-hailing service, and encourage your friends to do the same. If you are the designated driver, make a commitment to 100% sobriety to keep you and your friends safe. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement immediately. Doing so could save the life of the driver, passenger, and others on the road. And, if you have a friend who is about to drive impaired, take away their keys and help them make arrangements to get home safely — it will be the greatest gift you ever give them.
This holiday season, give the gift of sober driving, and help us spread the word that impaired driving is more than just a bad choice – it is deadly, illegal, and selfish behavior.