Nearly every 40 minutes someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired traffic crash according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is why the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, along with other highway safety, community health, and law enforcement officials will take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired driving. Officers will be out in full force during the Christmas Holiday period, beginning December 13th through the end of the New Year holiday on January 1st, 2014.
Drunk Driving is one of America's most-often-committed and deadliest crimes. Last year in Kentucky during the month of December there were 449 crashes involving an impaired driver (drugs and/or alcohol involved), resulting in 586 injuries and 20 fatalities. Of the fatalities that occurred, 13 (65%) were unrestrained at the time of the crash.
Whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk. Impaired driving has serious consequences.
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin, so you can enjoy the next celebration.
• Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
•Use your community’s Sober Rides program.
•If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
It’s obvious when someone has had way too much to drink to drive safely. What about those who have had just one too many? You don’t have to be ‘falling down drunk’ to be a threat to yourself and others on the road.
While we hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season, our message is simple. No matter what you drive – a passenger car, pickup, SUV or motorcycle – if you are caught driving impaired, YOU WILL BE ARRESTED. No exceptions. No excuses. Law enforcement will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road – and save lives that might otherwise be lost.