Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fair Warning: Patrols for Drunk Drivers To Be Stepped Up Across the US This Holiday Season

Though Thanksgiving is the day of the year that sees the most fatalities from drunk driving, New Years Eve ain't far behind, with much of December--with its endless holiday parties--also high on the scale. So the activist chief of the Department of Transportation, Ray LaHood, has decided to address the problem.

Last week, standing alongside David Strickland (of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and Jan Winthers (President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving), he announced that there will be a crackdown on drunk driving from December 16 through January 2. Thousands of law enforcement officials across the US have pledged to help in these measures, which will be advertised with a new compaign called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over".

In a bold new strategy, the officers won't just be pulling over people who are driving erratically. They'll also be posted in plain clothes in nightlife areas and will issue sobriety tests to people who show the signs of being impaired, as they get into their cars, in an effort to pre-empt them from breaking the law (and endangering other drivers). A sobering statistic--pun intended--one out of every three Americans will be involved in a drunk-driving related accident, either as the perpetrator or as the victim, in the course of their lifetime.

For the DOT's announcement of the new campaign, please click here.

4 comments:

  1. The holiday season is here and we can't wait to dig into those delicacies prepared specially for this occasion. Not to mention adding some alcohol aside. But drivers need to be careful with their alcohol levels when they jump into their cars. The police is as ready as ever to find out which drivers have something on board, so you must be very careful how you get in your car.

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  2. I heard many drinking and driving cases in last four months and I thought that why people are taking a risk in the there lives. They are making silly mistake and got an accidents. I think people should have to take care of themselves and avoid this type of crime.
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  3. Many people really overestimate their ability to tolerate alcohol and drive at the same time. It's not so much risking their lives but endangering everyone else on the road.

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  4. Nice topic on drunk driving. It is dangerous for drive drunk for people around us, thanks
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