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This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks.  Yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. In 2013, Forbes magazine named the Independence Day holiday “the most dangerous holiday of the year.”

Time for a Super Night – Tips for a Safe Super Bowl Night

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the NHTSA and law enforcement officials are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely. NEVER put the two together.

It's December: Cops Are Cracking Down on Impaired Driving

It’s December, a time for joy and sharing special times with family and friends. Are you going out this time of year to celebrate? With all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, here is a clear message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Alcohol Awareness Month

Now in its 28th year, April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month. During April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and other organizations work to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce the stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

Impaired Driving: Don’t Count on the Luck o’ the Irish

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, started as a cultural and religious holiday recognizing the death of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. However, over time, it has evolved into a different type of religion—the “high holy day” to drink, March 17th. The reasons to drink are legendary, but this also means that impaired driving has made the day extremely dangerous.

Impaired Driving: A Runner’s Story—The Megs Miles Run

Saturday, January 18, 2014 was not a normal Saturday. This day was a day that people from Ashland, Virginia to places as far away as Siberia ran for a woman named Meg Cross Menzies. Meg was the wife of Sergeant Menzies, a DUI Task Force officer for the Ashland Police Department. She was the mother of three young children, a daughter, a sister, and a friend.

NTSB Announces Top 10 Most Wanted List

On the 16th, the NTSB released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness projects for the independent government agency in 2014. NTSB deals with all transportation issues, thus the list includes such topics as airline safety, train safety and ferry safety. However, three on the Ten Most Wanted list will have a direct impact on motor vehicles: Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving, Strengthen Occupant Protection in Transportation and Eliminate Distraction in Transportation.

Impaired Driving: Plan for a Safe Ride Home This Holiday Season

In many parts of the world, the month of December is a time to celebrate the holiday season; between Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve, it is a virtual cornucopia of festivities. For some people, these festivities mean celebrating with family and friends, which at times includes alcohol—and that is when it can get deadly.

Senior Drivers and Medication—Are You Driving Impaired?

Our minds see us in our youth. However, as we age, our bodies and our minds slow down, becoming less agile. This does not mean that we are homebound, never to go out and enjoy life; it means that it is a fact of life—if we’re living, we’re aging. It also means that when we get to the age of “senior driver” we need to understand our body’s limitations.

Impaired Driving: Now That’s Scary!

Halloween has also become a time when adults will dress-up in a wide variety of costumes and go out to a party. Last year it was estimated that almost three-fourths of all Americans celebrated Halloween in some fashion. At the same time, it has also become expected that any adult Halloween party will have alcohol. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a greater percentage of impaired driving fatalities.

Ignition Interlocks: An Important Tool in the Effort to End Impaired Driving

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” For the past two weeks, ending today, Labor Day, that was the message by NHTSA, law enforcement officers and traffic safety professionals across the country. It is a national crackdown to end impaired driving; arresting those that drive impaired as one part of a comprehensive effort. While crucial, to end impaired driving it will take much more than arrests.

Impaired Driving: The 4th of July--Making it a Safe Celebration

For some people, drinking too much and then driving is how they “celebrate” the holiday. The 4th of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year because of alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Because of impaired driving, over the past five years 780 people died during the 4th of July holidays, with 65% (511) of them at a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .15% or higher.

24—7: A Useful Tool in Your DWI Prevention Toolbox

Impaired driving is a complicated issue, and as with any complicated issue, there must be multiple responses; what stops one person does not necessarily stop someone else. A carpenter does not use just one tool to build a house; the right tool must be used in the right situation. In fighting impaired driving, one useful tool is the 24—7 Sobriety Program.

Drugged Driving: The Time Has Come for Action

People driving while impaired by drugs other than alcohol have been doing so for years. Still, even after all these years, the fight to end impaired driving remains heavily focused on alcohol-impaired driving, with far less attention paid to drug-impaired operators. But, times have changed and a broader perspective is required.

Combating DWI—Have We Done Enough?

On May 14th, 1988 the deadliest impaired driving crash in U.S. history occurred on Interstate 71 in Carrollton, Kentucky. An impaired driver in a pickup truck going the wrong way on the interstate hit a church activity bus with 67 passengers. There were 27 fatalities, 24 of them children and young adults ranging in age from 10 to 19, and 34 serious injuries. The driver in the pickup had a .24 BAC. He was found guilt of 27 counts of manslaughter in the second degree and sentenced to 16 years in prison.