New York Cracks Down on Holiday Drunk Driving
New Yorkers going to and from Christmas parties must be careful not to drink and drive – or else use a designated driver.
The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign seeks to crack down on drunk drivers this holiday season.
Last year, 9,878 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including 395 during the second half of December alone.
This year the NHTSA has joined with local law enforcement officers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” push:
“The holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on our nation’s roadways due to drunk drivers – that’s why law enforcement officers will be out in full force,” said [U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Ray] LaHood. “Our message is simple: drive sober or get pulled over.”
NHTSA’s new 2011 state-by-state drunk driving statistics show declines in 27 states, with four states leading the nation in declines in alcohol impaired driving fatalities.
This year’s winter holiday enforcement crackdown is being supported by more than $7 million in national TV and radio advertising featuring NHTSA’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The ads, which first premiered last summer, feature “invisible” law enforcement officers observing alcohol-impaired individuals and then apprehending them when they attempt to drive their vehicles.
Here are some other holiday safe-driving tips:
- Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not drive. Designate a sober driver or arrange another safe way home.
- If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or contact your local sober ride program.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
People who are injured or killed in a New York automobile accident caused by a drunk driver may have a right to sue for monetary compensation.