18 Dec Don’t Drive Drunk This Holiday Season, NHTSA Warns Motorists
If you drive while impaired this holiday season, expect to be pulled over and arrested, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are now warning motorists throughout the nation.
As part of their annual holiday anti-drunk driving campaign, NHTSA has announced that:
- About 10,000 local law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. will be running DUI crackdowns over the next few weeks (and through the New Year).
- Federal authorities will be sponsoring new public service announcements to run on TV, online and in movie theaters, with a special ad being featured before screenings of the new Star Wars movie.
- It has just finalized drunk driving crash data for last year, and this data reveals that, while the incidence of these collisions has slightly declined from 2013, nearly 10,000 people were killed last year in the U.S. in drunk driving accidents.
Speaking to the significance of this year’s campaign, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has remarked that:
A decision to break the law can bring with it fatal consequences… We’re proud to be working with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country to protect the public and get drunk drivers off our roads.
An Overview of the Dangers of Drunk Driving
To highlight just why regulators, police officers and others are focused on getting impaired motorists off of the road, here’s a glance at how alcohol impairment typically impacts drivers’ abilities.
When drivers are drunk, they usually experience and/or exhibit:
- Problems perceiving their surroundings – both in terms of hearing and identifying sounds and in terms of seeing and visually understanding their environment
- Difficulties coordinating their movements and controlling their motor skills
- Delays in reaction times
- Problems making sound judgments – And this can ironically (and tragically) include making poor judgments about whether they are safe to drive.
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