The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is underway. From August 19 through September 7, 2015, the national drunk driving enforcement crackdown will run to increase awareness through public safety campaigns. Law enforcement agencies across the nation will be out in full force to catch drunk driving offenders.
This year, the NHTSA will be taking a multi-pronged approach to educational awareness. They will be using paid, earned and social media advertising outlets, as well as working with a variety of local resources across the country.
Drunk Driving: A Look At the Numbers
- Around one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk drivers.
- In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the U.S.
- On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide.
- Nearly half of the 424 fatal crashes in 2013 involved drunk drivers.
- In 2013, an estimated 1 in 5 child passenger deaths happened in drunk-driving crashes.
- Drunk driving crashes cost an estimated $49.8 billion annually.
Increased Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws
In the upcoming weeks, local and state law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their drunk driving enforcement efforts. Expect to see an increased number of patrols out as well as more DUI checkpoints. Labor Day weekend is notorious for drunk driving offenders, so you can expect to see additional police units out and about looking for drunk drivers.
Do not risk a DUI or the lives of others. Always get a safe ride home.
Stay Safe Over Labor Day Weekend & Avoid a DUI Arrest
Labor Day Weekend can be especially dangerous for drivers in Florida and across the country. The NHTSA urges motorists to remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even just one drink can be one drink too many. If you intend to celebrate with alcohol, always make a plan to get home safely. When in doubt, call a friend or a cab.
If you have been arrested for DUI, a Florida DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help. It is best to act fast, so do not delay – call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.