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Don’t Drive Impaired this Holiday Season, DOT Urges American Drivers

Don’t Drive Impaired this Holiday Season, DOT Urges American Drivers

Don’t Drive Impaired this Holiday Season, DOT Urges American Drivers

As people across the nation prepare for holiday festivities, law enforcement officers from more than 10,000 agencies throughout the U.S. are gearing up to crack down on impaired drivers, DOT officials are now warning.

This national anti-drunk driving campaign was officially kicked off Friday, Dec. 18th and will run through Jan. 1st. While part of this effort will include running heightened DUI patrols and checkpoints over the next week and half (or so), it will also involve running a new public service announcement across TV and digital media, as well as in screenings of the new Star Wars movie.

Explaining the national crackdown on DUIs over the holiday season, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has noted that:

[Officials] hope the millions of Americans who will be on the road over the holidays will make the safe choice not to drink and drive… Across the country, local law enforcement officers will be on the roads, protecting all of us from the risk of drunk driving.

Drunk Driving by the Numbers: A Look at DUI Accident Trends in the U.S.

While it may be clear to many drivers that drinking and driving is illegal, reviewing some of the national data associated with DUI accidents can reveal:

Here are some of the latest DUI accident statistics and facts from the DOT:

  • Drunk driving crashes killed more than 9,960 people in the U.S. last year.
  • Although this represented a 0.1 percent decrease from the DUI-related deaths that occurred in 2013, it also reflects a DUI fatality rate of about one death every 57 minutes.
  • With BACs of 0.08, drunk drivers are about four times more likely to be in a crash than sober drivers.
  • At BACs of 0.15, the risk of a collision increases by about four times.

Share these DUI statistics with others on Facebook & Google+ to encourage them to make safe choices when it comes to driving this holiday season.

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