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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Government Drunk Driving Crackdown

The holiday season always means a rise in intoxicated drivers, which means law enforcement officials will be out in force in attempt to save lives. In the U.S. people often are not use to excessive partying throughout the year until the end of the year, they often do not realize just how drunk they actually are often resulting in DUIs or, worse, fatal accidents. The Department of Transportation has announced a nationwide crackdown.

Ray LaHood, the Transportation Secretary, said the education and enforcement initiative will include reminders to drivers that police and other agencies will be out in force in their search for drunk drivers, The Washington Post reports. “We’re making gains in our fight against drunk driving, but we cannot and will not let up,” LaHood said in a statement.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a $7 million advertising campaign that hopefully will help cut back on drunk driving. The government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) is stating the facts about drunk driving so that everyone is aware of the dangers associated with it. The ads, which will run through January 2, portray drunk drivers being arrested.

The NHTSA released a report that found an estimated 31 percent of driving deaths were linked to alcohol in 2010, compared with nine percent of deaths caused by distracted driving. The report found that overall, highway deaths fell last year to the lowest level in six decades, even though Americans are driving more. A total of 32,885 people died in vehicle crashes in the United States last year - 10,228 were related to alcohol. Deaths linked to alcohol fell 4.9 percent from 2009 to 2010, the report noted.

Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous, in the blink of an eye peoples’ lives can be altered forever. There are a number of safe ways to get around this holiday season, if you are drinking, then it is best that you do not risk it, for the sake of you, your family, and all others who share the road.

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