Holiday Drunk Driving Facts
Every holiday season, hundreds of lives are lost due to drunk drivers. Nationally, over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year. Alcohol-impaired fatalities make up more than a quarter of all crash fatalities. In 2016, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving-related crashes in the month of December alone.
Drunk driving is against the law in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. During the Holiday season, law enforcement agencies will increase patrols and drivers will begin seeing a set of ads depicting the consequences of driving drunk.
The ads and law enforcement blitz is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign. The campaign runs December 13-31, 2017.
Americans can reduce the toll of drunk driving this Holiday season, by never drinking and driving, planning a safe ride with a designating a sober driver, or by using NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend to be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.
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