National Drunk & Drugged Driving Awareness Month
Don’t Spend the Holidays in Jail
Drive Sober or Get Pulled
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For many Americans “holiday cheer” involves consuming
alcohol at parties and holiday events. So it comes as no surprise that there’s a spike in drunk driving crashes
During the 2012 holiday period (December 12-31), there
were 1,698 people killed in crashes on our Nation’s roads, and almost a third (31%) of those fatalities were in
drunk-driving crashes. On Christmas Day, 26 people were killed by drunk drivers.
Over the entire month of December 2012, a staggering 830
people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver.
Drunk-driving fatalities happen around the holidays year
after year. In crash fatalities in December from 2008-2012, there were
a total of 3,994 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08
grams per deciliter or higher.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, 33,561 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012, and 10,322 of those fatalities
occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes. More than one in five crash fatalities that year occurred in a crash
that involved a drunk driver with a BAC at or above .15, - almost double the legal limit.
Compared with other age groups, teen drivers are at
greater risk of death in alcohol-related crashes, even though they’re too young to legally buy or possess
alcohol. Nationally in 2012, 28 percent of the young drivers (15 to 20
years old) killed in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or
Too many drunk drivers aren’t learning the lesson the
first time: in 2012, more than half (53%) of the drunk drivers in fatal crashes had at least one previous DUI
conviction on their record.
not above the law—drunk driving will cost you.
· In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC or .08 or higher, but some
people seem to think they’re above the law. So law enforcement nationwide is cracking down on drunk driving
this holiday season. Drive Sober or Get Pulled
· There’s no happy holiday ending to drunk driving. The risks
just aren’t worth it; you could find yourself in the back of a police car headed to jail, or worse—you could
kill someone or end up seriously injured or dead yourself.
· Law enforcement actively looks for drunk drivers, especially
around the holidays. If you are caught driving over the limit, you will be arrested.
· Some drivers think they can just refuse a breathalyzer test
if they get pulled over, and avoid the consequences of a DUI. Not true. In many jurisdictions, refusing to
take a breath test results in immediate arrest, the loss of your driver’s license, and the impoundment of
· Consider the legal and financial costs of driving while
impaired. You not only face jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens
of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost
wages due to time off from work—there’s also the added humiliation and consequences of telling family,
friends and employers of your arrest.
Plan a sober ride home for the holidays.
Before you attend that office party or holiday
open house, make a plan to get home safely. If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver ahead of time
and leave your keys at home, or program the phone number of a friend or local taxi service to your
· Before you take your first sip of alcohol, have your plan in
place. If you wait until you’re too impaired to drive, you’re more likely to make an impaired decision.
Alcohol affects your judgment, so you might think you’re “okay to drive” when you’re not.
· Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time
and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, having a crash.
· If you have been drinking, there’s always another way to get
home safely. You can call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or
[insert your local sober ride program specifics
· Some DUI offenders say the reason they drove drunk was because they didn’t want to
spend money on a cab. The average DUI costs $10,000. Wouldn’t you rather pay cab fare?
· Help others be responsible, too. If someone you know is
drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. They’ll thank you for it.
· Call the police if you see someone driving drunk. It
is your business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves
Keep your holidays happy and safe. Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over.
For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov
This information is courtesy of http://www.nhtsa.gov/StopImpairedDriving