Drivers reminded to drive sober this holiday season


Drivers are reminded to driver sober this holiday season.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding drivers that is it’s never okay to drive impaired. More police officers and law enforcement will be on the road as part of the high-visibility Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is running from December 14 to December 31.

This year, NHTSA’s Driver Sober campaign was expanded to also include drug-impaired driving with the If You Feel Different, You Drive Different campaign.

Last year, Pennsylvania ranked fifth among states with the highest number of alcohol-related crashes in December.

NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King released two video messages urging travelers to drive sober this holiday season: Video 1 and Video 2.

NHTSA recommends the following actions to stay safe this holiday season:

     • Remember, it is never okay to drive drunk or high. Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride share service to get home safely. Before you go out, download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices. It lets you share your location so a friend can pick you up. The app is free and available for Apple and Android devices.
    • If a friend or family member is impaired by alcohol or drugs and planning to drive, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.
    • Be alert and distraction-free, and if you see an impaired driver, call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
    • Buckle up. Wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver.

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