NHTSA Advises Motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Nationwide enforcement of drug- and alcohol-impaired driving laws through Labor DayAugust 14, 2019
December 19, 2018 | Washington, DC
This holiday season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding Americans that it is never okay to drive impaired. Motorists traveling in the coming weeks can expect to see increased law enforcement on the road as part of the high-visibility Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, running from December 14 to 31. This year, for the first time, NHTSA’s annual Drive Sober campaign has expanded to focus not just on drunk, but also on drug-impaired driving with the If You Feel Different, You Drive Different campaign.
NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King released two video messages urging travelers to drive sober this holiday season.
According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed in 2017 in motor vehicle traffic crashes in which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08 grams per deciliter. During the month of December 2017, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver. Like drunk driving, drug-impaired driving is impaired driving, which means it is dangerous and illegal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.
NHTSA recommends the following actions to stay safe this holiday season: