Holiday Drunk Driving
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is in full swing this holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year. Law enforcement in every state and most U.S. towns and cities are cracking down on drunk driving from December 18 -December 31.”
In efforts to keep drunk drivers off of the roads, NHTSA has released a new Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over ad which has already been on the air in thousands of theaters and on television. There are two ads: Man in the Mirror and Woman in the Mirror. The ads show how people, men and women, shouldn’t trust themselves to drive after they have been drinking. These ads will air for the duration of their campaign.
NHTSA 2014 Statistics (nhtsa.gov)
- In December 2014, over 700 drunk drivers were involved in fatal crashes
- In December 2014, 8 out of 10 drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes were male
- Of all fatal drunk driving crashes in December 2014, 30% of the drivers were between 21 and 24 years old
- Of all of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes in December 2014, 3 out of 4 were involved between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
- An average of 1 drunk driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2014.
- Each year on average, more than 10,000 people die on our roadways due to drunk driving. That would be equal to 20 jumbo jets crashing each year.
Don’t ruin your holidays or someone else’s with the temptation of drinking and driving. Be responsible and always have a designated driver or call a cab. Let’s keep the Florida roads safe during the 2015 holiday season. The attorneys and staff at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.