Drive Sober Message in NHTSA Winter Holiday Campaign
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stepped up its nearly year-long campaign “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” for the next two weeks. The winter holiday enforcement period runs from December 16 through January 2, typically a heavy period for alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Our Binghamton, NY car accident attorneys recognize that while deaths involving alcohol have been on the decline in 32 states this year, Binghamton drivers should still continue to be alert for drunk drivers sharing the highways.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood was joined by the NHTSA administrator and Jan Withers, president of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization during the campaign announcement.
“The data clearly show that while drunk driving remains the primary threat to American families on our roadways, we have a path to progress,” said Withers. “Increased enforcement efforts around the holidays are a vital part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which relies on proven drunk driving countermeasures to eliminate the leading cause of highway fatalities.”
The data Withers referenced was the NHTSA statistics that over 10,000 people – or over 30 percent of traffic fatalities – were killed on our highways last year from drivers who had been drinking alcohol. A total of 415 died in the “winter holiday period.”
Secretary LaHood reminded the press that while gains are being made in reducing the numbers of drunk-driving fatalities, the campaigns to reduce them further will not end.
Our NY injury attorneys applaud DOT and all the organizations working to deter drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel this time of year and all year round.
The holidays are typically a period marked by increased drinking and driving deaths, and Binghamton drivers should do their part to keep our highways and our families safe.
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