Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is a nationwide campaign with a mission to make roads safer from drunk drivers. It is also an opportune time to increase awareness in communities about impaired driving, which kills more than 10,000 people each year.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over means there is a higher number of police officers on the roads, and they are placing a special emphasis on looking for impaired drivers. There is a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving, which would lead to an immediate arrest.
NHTSA states that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities related to drunk driving by 20 percent, which underlines the importance of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Holidays unfortunately see an increase in impaired driving. More people are on the highways because they want to celebrate outdoors, especially during Labor Day weekend as the summer months come to an end.
State’s Drunk Driving Numbers After Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
A lot of states will immediately see the change on their roads because of the campaign.
In Missouri last year, law enforcement made 308 DWI arrests during Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. 189 agencies and task forces participated.
Wisconsin’s DOT department says that since the campaign, and other efforts, through the years, alcohol-related traffic injuries and deaths dropped about 50 percent.
NHTSA continues to increase the effectiveness of their campaign year after year. This time around, NHTSA has created a mobile app called SaferRide, available for Apple and Android devices. The app allows users to call a taxi or a friend to be picked up safely. The app also identifies the user’s location.
This year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is August 18 through September 4, Labor Day.