NHTSA Administrator David Strickland: Annual law enforcement campaign reminds everyone to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicked off its annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign on August 17th, and it will continue through Labor Day. The efforts involve over 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country putting extra resources into detecting and arresting impaired driving offenders. While impaired driving deaths declined in some parts of the country in 2010, new NHTSA statistics show that 70 percent of deaths in impaired driving crashes in 2010 involved drivers with a blood alcohol level that was nearly twice the .08 legal limit. Alcohol-impaired crashes account for nearly one in three deaths on American roadways each year; that’s the equivalent of one death every 51 minutes. NHTSA highlights the need for tough laws, consistent enforcement, and ongoing public education campaigns to make significant progress.