2017 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Mobilization
This Labor Day, Vermont Law Enforcement Agencies and the
Governor’s Highway Safety Program
Remind Citizens to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
In Effort to End Drunk Driving
The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time for our country to reflect on the hard work of our fellow Americans. The long weekend is typically celebrated through picnics, pool parties, and barbecues, as families and friends enjoy the last few days of summer before fall and winter approach. This is also the time of year when children – our most precious natural resource – typically return to school following their summer vacation. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday weekend is also one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering not only themselves but everyone else on America’s roadways.
Again this year, state, local, and county law enforcement agencies from all across Vermont are partnering with the VT Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 18 through September 4, 2017. During this period, law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with strict enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.
Impaired driving is one of the deadliest, most often committed, yet preventable crimes committed in the United States. According to NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015 – one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors.
In Vermont the situation is even more grim. Nationally about one-third of all fatal crashes are the result of impaired driving. Here in Vermont, of the 62 roadway deaths in 2016, more than half (37) involved a driver impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. This is why Vermont law enforcement agencies are working together to remind drivers that impaired driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to enjoy your Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
“We’re stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community,” said Paul White, Law Enforcement Liaison with GHSP. “Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. If you’re out on the roads and you see someone driving drunk, please call 911. You could help save a life. Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior, and it’s essential that you make your plan for a sober ride home before you ever even leave for the party. Before you go out, know how you’re going to get home.”
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.