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“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Runs Through Labor Day

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Runs Through Labor Day

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – in partnership with law enforcement organizations and state and local highway officials across the nation – is now conducting its 2015 national drunk driving enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

According to the NHTSA, 10,076 people were killed in the United States in 2013 in drunk–driving crashes, almost a third of all traffic fatalities. Of those, 161 people were killed over the Labor Day weekend in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.

NHTSA research shows that drivers respond to highly visible enforcement. Past campaigns have resulted in a 20 percent decrease in alcohol-related crash fatalities.

You can help reduce these numbers by volunteering to be a designated driver. If you are faced with a situation where someone who is drunk is trying to drive, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers offers these tips on how to stop them:

  • Be as non-confrontational as possible.
  • Explain that you don’t want them to drive because you care, and you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others.
  • Remember that the person you are talking to is impaired. Talk a bit more slowly and explain things more fully than if you were speaking to a sober person.
  • Suggest alternate ways of getting to their destination — a cab, a sober driver, or public transportation.
  • Suggest that they sleep over.
  • Enlist a friend to help you or to act as moral support. It’s more difficult to say “no” to two (or more) people than one.
  • If possible, get the person’s keys. It is far easier to persuade the potential driver when you hold this leverage.

If all else fails, call law enforcement. It’s better to have a friend or family member arrested than injured or killed.

As part of its commitment to ensuring safety on its roads, NTTA regularly shares information from its mobility partners and safety advocates such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.