This Holiday Season, and All Year Long:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The holidays are a time for friends, family, and co-workers to come together in celebration. Wherever you are—whether at an office party, a family member's home, or out at the bar—it is essential that you make the lifesaving choice to drive sober when the party ends. To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving, nationwide law enforcement agencies are partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The national high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from December 13-31, 2018. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving, as well as drugged driving, which is on the rise. Increased State and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roadways.
According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2017,
equating to one person killed every 48 minutes. On
average, 10,000 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes each year from 2013
to 2017. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each
year, with no survivors. In December 2017, alone, 885 people lost their
lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.
First and foremost: Plan ahead. Be honest with yourself: You know whether you'll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you. Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- Download NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple's iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user's location so he or she can be picked up.
- Use your community's sober ride program.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcment agency.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
During the holidays, and every day, please remember that drunk driving isn't only illegal, it's deadly.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing. Following a string of recent tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky,
NHTSA is calling on the public and media to help educate communities on ways to reduce incidents of stop-arm violations and ensure all students arrive to and from school safely.
Tips for Motorists:
Be alert and slow down when driving in neighborhoods with school zones.
Watch for children walking, playing or assembling near bus stops. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
Obey the school bus laws in your State, as well as the flashing light signal systems used on school buses.
Flashing yellow lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
Flashing red lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
Tips for Caregivers and Students:
Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb. The bus stop is not a place to run or play.
When the school bus arrives, wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Use the handrails to avoid falling.
Never walk behind a school bus. Walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street. Cross the street in front of the bus with at least five giant steps (10 feet) between the front of the bus and you. Make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see you.
If you drop something near the school bus, like a ball or book, tell the bus driver right away. Do not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see you.
Visit NHTSA.gov/school-bus-safety or follow NHTSA on Twitter (@NTSAgov), Facebook (/NHTSA), and Instagram (@nhtsagov) for more information on this important safety topic.