HOLT, Fla., Aug. 24, 2017–The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this Labor Day weekend.
The travel week leading up to Labor Day and the Labor Day weekend are typically among the deadliest travel times on U.S. roadways, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Because of this the OSCO is taking part in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs through Sept. 4.
Program goals are to prevent drunk driving accidents and raise awareness about the dangers of driving impaired.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash every day—that’s one person every 51 minutes.
About one-third of all drunk drivers arrested or convicted are repeat offenders, according to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving website. The average age of drunk drivers is between 26 to 29.
Additionally, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens with about a quarter of those crashes involving an underage drinking driver, according to MADD.
Although drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades, drunk driving crashes claim more than 13,000 lives per year, according to an OCSO news release.
To help prevent drunk driving, the NHTSA provides some fundamental safety tips:
- Those who plan to drink should designate a driver—someone who will not drink alcohol—before going out.
- Take mass transit, a taxi, Uber or ask a sober friend to drive home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held.
- Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of seating position in the vehicle. The seatbelt is a rider’s best defense against an impaired driver.
Anyone seeing an impaired driver should contact the OCSO or nearest law enforcement agency.
Staff and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release