The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began this week and will run through New Year’s Day 2015. This federal effort will be coordinated with state and local law enforcement officers in order to eliminate drunk driving auto accidents this holiday season.
These National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that these campaigns are working to reduce the number of drunk driving accident deaths on roadways throughout the country. In fact, the number of drunk driving deaths fell 2.5 percent in 2013. Even though there have been a decrease in deaths caused by people driving under the influence, there is still a big problem with DUIs in the U.S. In fact, last year a person died every 52 minutes from a drunk driving crash.
- Before you go to the bar or party, plan a safe way home.
- Choose a designated driver for the night who will commit to staying sober during the evening.
- If you are drunk, or even buzzed, use the SaferRide app, or otherwise get a ride home from a taxi, bus, sober friend or car service.
- If you spot a drunk driver out on the roadway, call the police. You may save a life.
- If you see someone attempting to drive away drunk, do your best to stop them. Take away their keys and make sure they get a safe ride home.
- Don’t get into a car with someone who may be intoxicated.
2014: SaferRide App
The NHTSA has developed a free app, SaferRide, that is available online and allows you to call for a cab or a friend for a ride home that gives them your location automatically. You can get the app here.
If you or your family member is involved in a collision caused by an impaired driver, a Florida Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help. No matter the time or where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us toll-free at 866-608-5529 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or contact us online for a free consultation.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!