NHTSA kicks off it’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, virtually
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be holding a virtual event to kick off its Labor Day impaired driving high-visibility enforcement campaign. This year’s enforcement will be supported by a ten-million-dollar national advertising campaign. Motorists can expect to see increased law enforcement on the road from Aug. 19th through Sept. 7th.
“Driving while impaired is a leading cause of fatalities on our nation’s roads, and during this Labor Day weekend, please take action to avoid these completely preventable tragedies,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
NHTSA’s latest alcohol-impaired driving data shows in 2018, over 10,500 motor vehicle crash fatalities involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 g/dL or higher, accounting for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities that year.
This year’s campaign runs through Labor Day weekend, one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads. During this period, thousands of participating state and local law enforcement agencies will be monitoring roadways to protect the public from impaired drivers.
Driving impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs, whether legal or illegal—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Even in states where marijuana laws have changed, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of the drug.