This holiday season the NHTSA is partnering with law enforcement to spread the messages: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI. The campaign runs from December 11, 2019 through January 1, 2020. NHTSA and local law enforcement will be out educating people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk and high, and that law enforcement will be stepping up patrols to get impaired drivers off the roads.
According to NHTSA, “Last year, there were 10,511 people killed nationwide in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of the yearly driving fatalities. The tragedy of these deaths is felt year-round, but for many, most strongly during the holidays.” It is important to be prepared this holiday.
1. Think ahead! If you have holiday parities on the calendar make sure to figure out how to get home safely once the celebration ends. Explore options like a designated driver, public transportation, Uber, and Lyft.
2. Make sure your family and friends are safe. If you see a loved one impaired take away their keys and encourage them to join you in using public transportation or help them make arrangements to get home safely .
3. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement immediately. Doing so could save the life of the driver, passenger, and others on the road.
Stay safe this holiday season!
Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.
Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/drunk-driving/drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over-holidays