Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

This year, from August 21st through Labor Day on September 7th, law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk driving as a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaña. [1]  Labor Day weekend and other summer holidays typically see lots of highway travel, as well as an increase in drunk driving.[2]  The NHTSA’s campaign against drunk driving is an effort to keep all drivers safer and unite law enforcement nationwide against the drunk driving epidemic.[3]

Drunk driving causes a significant percentage of crash fatalities in the United States.[4]  Specifically, about one-third of all crash fatalities in the U.S. are a result of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.[5] In 2013, these crashes killed more than 10,000 people, and 424 of these fatalities occurred during the three-day Labor Day weekend.[6]

Avoid Drunk Driving

Avoiding drunk driving altogether is always the safest plan. Even if you think you might be okay to drive, it is best to have a backup plan and use it. Make plans to get home or stay the night somewhere before you start drinking, or choose a designated driver before drinking begins. [7]  Taxis, sober friends, and even smartphone apps can also be a safe way to get home if you have been drinking. [8] It is also important to keep others safe.  You should always report drunk drivers on the road, and never let friends drive home drunk.[9]  For more safe alternatives to drunk driving, visit http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/CAMPAIGNS/Drunk+Driving/Drive+Sober+or+Get+Pulled+Over/.

Conclusión

Drunk driving is completely preventable if you plan ahead and make responsible decisions.  For more information about Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

Sobre el Autor: Christopher Guedri is a trial attorney with the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen in Richmond, VA. Guedri fue nombrado “Abogado del año” por Best Lawyers in America para 2014-2015 en la categoría De litigios por lesiones personales - Demandantes en Richmond, VA. Es miembro de la prestigiosa Academia Internacional de Abogados Litigantes y tiene una calificación AV de Martindale Hubble. Además, Chris Guedri ha sido incluido en la "Élite legal" por la revista Virginia Business y como "Super Abogado de Virginia" por la revista Richmond.


[1] http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/LaborDayWeekend.

[2] Labor Day PEAK Fact Sheet. http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/LaborDay-PEAK.

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[7] http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/CAMPAIGNS/Drunk+Driving/Drive+Sober+or+Get+Pulled+Over/4th+of+July/2015+Fact+Sheet+Enforcement.

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