Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The latest 2019 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign kicks off August 16.

According to the U. S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers each year, which is just shy of one person every fifty minutes! To put it into a little more perspective, that’s equal to about 20 jumbo jets crashing with no survivors.

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Sober Driving is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Since the early 1980s there has been a strong push by law enforcement and lawmakers alike to get these numbers down to where they are today, but there is still a long way to go. That’s why NHTSA joins forces with law enforcement each year for their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns. These are seasonal campaigns that focus on reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel in an impaired state. During these times police are on particularly high alert for people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

While there are various seasons for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns, the latest goes into effect on August 16 and will end on September 2, 2019. This period includes the Labor Day weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of the year for impaired-driving deaths. Expect to see law enforcement nationwide place heavier emphasis on this epidemic during this time—from presence on the roads to social media outreach.

We all know the potentially fatal consequences of drinking and driving, but few are prepared for the financial costs that come with being charged with DUI/DWI. Fees and rehabilitative classes are mandatory with some states requiring the use of onboard breathalyzers to even start your vehicle. And while many will spend upwards of $10,000 on legal representation to avoid harsher consequences, if someone is hurt you are all but guaranteed a stint behind bars.

Get Home Safely.

These days there are just too many alternatives to drunk or impaired driving to risk the adverse consequences. Although it’s always important to behave responsibly, there may come a time where driving is not a safe option. With the advent of ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft or the NHTSA’s SaferRide—made specifically in conjunction with “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”—there just isn’t any reason to get behind the wheel when you are impaired, especially in the eyes of a judge.

So remember, a drinking and driving or impaired driving incident can cost money, careers, and—in many cases—lives. Do your part not just during the ”Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign but every day. Take the proper care to ensure that neither you nor anyone you know are ever on the road in an impaired state!

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