“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Begins
The few weeks leading up to Labor Day weekend are typically filled with drunk driving accidents and fatalities. In attempt to combat these deadly accidents, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration runs its “Drive Sober or get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign is scheduled to run through September 7, 2015.
During this campaign, there is an increased amount of sober checkpoints across the United States, especially on nights that have seen the highest accidents in past years. There is no escaping these checkpoints, and as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out, they will see you before you see them.
These sober checkpoints are not only necessary in weeks that see higher rates of accidents, but all year round. Drunk or drugged driving is a big issue in the United States. Each year, over 10,000 people are killed by accidents caused by alcohol. But the risk of an accident does not stop people from driving while under the influence. On average, a drunk driver is not pulled over or reprimanded for their actions until they have done it over 80 times. Furthermore, after someone is arrested for drunk driving they are more than likely to continue doing so.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to reduce drunk driving fatalities through this campaign and other initiatives.