December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting its Drunk Driving Prevention campaign to help raise awareness and reduce traffic accidents involving drugs and alcohol. To promote awareness the NHTSA is encouraging local law enforcement organizations to launch a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired driving and save lives on the roadways. It is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. The campaign is set to run from December 12 through January 1. The NHTSA is also targeting social media as a means to deliver their message about highway safety.
It is estimated that during the month of December on average 25 people die each day due to drunk driving crashes. In 2010 over 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes and approximately 1 in 4 fatal crashes during December involved a drunk driver.
For resources and information or to find out how to get involved visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired
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