The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pairing up with local law enforcement to keep people safe this holiday season.
It’s all part of NHTA’S annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility campaign. With NHTSA’s support, state and local enforcement agencies across the nation are stepping-up enforcement to put an end to all forms of impaired driving, showing zero tolerance in an effort to save lives.
“There is no excuse,” said Harry Anderson, the State Programs Administrator and Impaired Driving Coordinator for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “There are so many other options that there is absolutely no excuse.”
In 2017, 29 percent, or 10,874, of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities involved drunk drivers, and 885 of those deaths occurred in December alone. In West Virginia during 2017, more than 303 people were killed in vehicle crash — that number up from 269 in 2016.
“A lot of times people think ‘It won’t happen to me,'” said Anderson. “But buzzed driving is drunk driving, so one drink could be all it takes.”
Anderson said drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road, as drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
“Driving while impaired is illegal, period,” said Anderson. “If you feel different, you drive different.”