Between August 21st and September 7th, a national drunk driving enforcement crackdown will take place. This campaign, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” aims to reduce the number of accidents caused by impaired driving. The crackdown also coincides with what is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year on our nation’s highway, the end of summer culminating with the Labor Day holiday. Sadly, it is the end of summer celebration that often leads to an increased number of drunk driving-related crashes that injure victims, take lives, and result in significant and costly property damage.
6 Frightening Labor Day Impaired Driving Statistics
Why is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) so focused on reducing drunk driving accidents this August and September? The following are some frightening statistics released by the NHTSA that demonstrate the need for this cause:
- Every year, over 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers in the United States.
- 986 people were reportedly killed in drunk driving-related crashes in August 2013 leading up the Labor Day holiday weekend.
- These accidents made up almost one-third of all crash fatalities that occurred during the month of August.
- During Labor Day weekend, 38 percent of all crash fatalities involved a driver whose blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.
- An additional 48 percent of all crash fatalities involved drivers who had consumed at least some amount of alcohol.
- A shocking 27 percent of all crash fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol levels were at least twice the legal limit of a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent.
Sadly, 2013 was not a fluke. The NHTSA reports that the numbers reflected during that year were consistent with the five-year averages for Labor Day car crashes taking place between 2009 and 2013.
What can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe as this summer comes to a close? We encourage you to help us spread the word about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and share a link to this article on Facebook and Twitter today.