As part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” campaign, officers will have zero tolerance for drunk drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more.
The crackdown on drunk drivers is part of a greater effort which began on August 21, supported by $13.5 million in advertising funds from the NHTSA.
Despite the progress made in recent years, drunk driving is still a problem in the United States. “With the help of law enforcement around the country, we’re getting the word out– if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive, because if you do, you will be stopped, you will be arrested, and you will be prosecuted,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Drunk driving rates are on the decline, but motorist are still at risk of encountering a drunk driver at any time, day or night.
This risk increases considerably after 6 p.m., and before 6 a.m., especially on Labor Day weekend. In 2013, statistics show half of all nighttime automobile accident fatalities were drunk driving related, as well as 14 percent of daytime fatalities.
31 percent of all U.S. automobile traffic deaths are related to alcohol impairment, according to 2013 statistics. Out of 10,076 deaths, 68 percent were involved in automobile crashes involving one or more drivers with a blood alcohol content of .15 or more, which is almost twice the legal limit.
The NHTSA wants drivers and passengers to know that the best protection they have against drunk drivers is wearing their seatbelts. The NHTSA also offers their SafeRide app to encourage drivers to call for a ride instead of driving drunk; the app is available for Apple and Android devices.
Our firm would like to wish everyone in Savannah and the surrounding areas a safe and happy Labor Day!