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September 24, 2013

NHTSA’s Campaign Against Drunk Driving Starts Anew

Drunk driving in the United States is nothing new. These accidents always result in deaths of not only drunk drivers, but of innocent road users who are always in the receiving end of such mishaps, from drivers, passengers, bicyclists to pedestrians. Despite these, safety advocates and officials from law enforcement agencies are not stopping on their tracks in cracking down drunk drivers.

In what seems to be an annual tradition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with several entities in-charge of implementing traffic safety, are once again joining hands in fighting drunk driving in U.S. roadways by launching its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The objective of the campaign is crystal clear: a driver found drunk will be “stopped, arrested, and prosecuted.”

Aside from the said objective, this year’s campaign pays special attention on the victims of drunk driving. Statistical data from the NHTSA showed that in nearly 10,000 drunk driving-related crashes being recorded every year, more than a third of them were not the drunk driver. In fact, in 2011, there were at least 3,371 of them. In comparison, some 6,507 who died that year were the drunk drivers themselves.

Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have been playing a huge role in this nationwide campaign; elements of more than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies all over the country have been out on the streets in full force since August 16 to implement the above mentioned objective.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the mother department of the NHTSA, has also allotted $14 million in advertising materials to help spread awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, as well as send a message to motorists about law enforcements’ vigilance in going after impaired drivers.

With this annual crackdown currently being implemented, motorists who are intoxicated behind the wheel may have to watch out, as law enforcers mean serious business. Breath analyzers and other similar gadgets are likely to be used to determine which drivers exceeded the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to be labeled as a drunk driver. As such, legal experts, including a Los Angeles vehicle accident lawyer, advise motorists to avoid any alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel, even in small amounts. 

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