Driving Sober Matters—During the Holidays, and Every Day
The holidays are a special time for families, friends, and co-workers to come together for celebrations and merrymaking. With the extra partying comes the potential for increased drunk driving, as some partygoers fail to responsibly plan for a sober driver. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), want to make sure this holiday season is a safe one. This is why we are partnering with law enforcement across Oklahoma and the nation for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign, running from December 13 - 11:59 p.m. January 1 this year.
With the support of law enforcement agencies across the nation, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message will reach millions of drivers. More importantly, it will prevent crashes and injuries, and it will help save lives.
Why Enforcement Matters
In 2017, there were 324 people killed in alcohol and/or drug-related crashes in Oklahoma. To put it in perspective, that’s equal to two fully loaded 737-800 jets crashing, with no survivors. While we see some fluctuation in numbers from year to year, drunk driving is still a nationwide epidemic. The holiday season proves to be an especially dangerous time on the roads, as people are attending more office parties and holiday gatherings than usual, with some party-goers making the horrible decision to drink and drive. In fact, according to NHTSA, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December 2017 in the U.S. It is important that those considering driving after drinking know that there are deadly consequences to their actions.
Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Among several others, drug-impaired driving is an increasing problem on Oklahoma’s roads. For the first time in history, 2017 saw more drug-related fatality crashes than alcohol-related crashes. 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.