Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over! From August 18 – September 6, 2021, don’t be surprised if you start to see a lot more messaging and law enforcement presence across the country as states, major organizations, businesses and nonprofits work hard to raise awareness of the dangers that come with drunk driving ahead of Labor Day.
But remember, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in every state. Not only does it put you and others at risk, it is 100% preventable.
Even a little bit of alcohol can make you at risk.
Take a look at 2Cool’s Interactive BAC calculator to see how every alcoholic drink you have can change your risk of being in a fatal crash! Drive sober, it’s easy and it saves lives.
According to the NHTSA, about one life is lost every 52 minutes to a drunk driver.
It’s serious business and states are ready to crack down. More than 10,000 people were killed every year by an alcohol-impaired drivers from 2015-2019. And it’s not just drivers who are at risk. An estimated 13% of fatal pedestrian crashes involved a drunk driver!
So how can you do your part?
- Plan ahead! If you already know that you’re going to be drinking anywhere outside of your home, make sure you know how you will get back safely. Whether this means having the Lyft or Uber app on your phone and set up, having the number for a taxi company, having a family member or friend who can come pick you up, or having a designated driver in your group who will not be having any alcohol.
- Don’t get in the car with an impaired driver! Even if the person didn’t drink that much, even one drink can make them more at risk of being in a fatal crash. Even if someone isn’t over the legal alcohol limit, they can still be impaired. Make sure that they have waited long enough for the alcohol to get out of their system before you trust them to get behind the wheel. It could save their life, your life, and the lives of other road users.
- If you see an impaired driver, report it! If someone is obviously impaired and you feel like they may be a danger to other drivers, call 911. It could just save someone’s life.