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Drunk Driving

As summer winds down, drive sober or get pulled over

Every 51 minutes in this country, another person is killed by a drunk driver. Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, friends, loved ones. It's an unceasing procession of deaths, every single one of them preventable.

Starting today and running through Labor Day, law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk drivers. More than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country will join the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, supported in part by our safety partners, the Governors Highway Safety Association and MADD.

If you drive drunk, they will find you. They will arrest you. You will be prosecuted, and there will be serious and costly consequences for having risked others' lives...

Photo of Acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman at Drive Sober launch event

This 4th of July, let's celebrate America's independence... ...responsibly

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food, and --yes-- fireworks. But all too often, our festivities turn tragic on our nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2008 to 2012), 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drunk drivers. During the holiday period, these deaths consistently account for a full 40 percent of all traffic fatalities. And drunk drivers aren't just a threat to themselves; more than a third of the people killed when alcohol-impaired drivers crash are not the impaired drivers.

But drunk driving isn't something we have to live with; it's entirely preventable. So let's celebrate our independence this year by breaking free of this tragic consistency and driving sober...

Infographic showing that 44 percent of all traffic deaths during the 4th of July period in 2012 involved a drunk driver

NHTSA to host Twitter chat on safe driving for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the rich history and culture of the Irish. Regrettably, it is also a day when many make the dangerous choice of driving after they’ve been drinking.

From 2008 to 2012, drunk driving claimed 268 lives on St. Patrick’s Day alone—an average of 54 deaths on each St. Patrick’s Day in the past five years.

Graphic advising against drinking and driving on St. Patrick's Day

Whether you’re planning an extended St. Patrick’s Day celebratory weekend, or just an outing with friends and family on Monday, plan ahead for a sober ride home.

And on Wednesday, March 12, at 3pm ET, we’ll be on Twitter -- @NHTSAgov – sharing stats, tips, and ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day without drinking and driving. To have the most impact in this fight to save lives, we need YOU to join us...

2013 DOT Year in Review: NHTSA sets the stage for safer road future

Photo of NHTSA Administrator David StricklandToday, technology moves at the speed of light. That’s why at NHTSA, we act affirmatively to advance technologies that will save lives and create a regulatory environment that encourages innovation and big thinking about vehicle technology.

This year, we worked to advance the adoption of technologies that will deliver enormous lifesaving potential while also ensuring that new vehicle features don’t undermine safety through:

  • Significant and Seamless initiative;
  • SaferCar app; and
  • Manufacturer guidelines for in-vehicle technologies...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Holiday Crackdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland today kicked off the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” winter holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged driving, along with representatives from local law enforcement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).   To further deter drunk driving, NHTSA today released a “Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs” that will help states develop and implement a breath alcohol ignition interlock program based on highly successful practices from the U.S. and around the world.

This holiday season, a simple lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

This is traditionally a season for giving, for selflessness.  And I can’t think of anything more antithetical to that spirit--anything more selfish--than drinking, getting behind the wheel, and risking not just your own life, but the lives of others.

Photo of a police car with siren lit and the text "It's hard to have a happy holiday when you're arrested for drunk driving."

Yet every December and January, after Christmas celebrations and New Year’s parties, people still do exactly that. And they do it in greater numbers than at any other time of year.  In fact, every 54 minutes during the holiday season, drunk driving claims another life.

That’s why today, I joined National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland to remind people that if they do decide to drink and drive, the red lights they see in their rear-view mirror won’t be Santa’s sleigh. They’ll be a police car.

NHTSA seeks to improve highway safety, reduce traffic fatalities

"Significant and Seamless" initiative will accelerate new technologies to reduce key safety risks

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that, while highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows, the number of deaths on U.S. roads increased to 33,561 in 2012, up 3.3 percent from 2011.

To a Department where safety is always our number one priority, any increase in the number of traffic fatalities is cause for concern. 

That’s why NHTSA today announced a new effort that involves the agency and the automotive industry working together to aggressively accelerate technologies that would improve safety by targeting some of the most persistent causes of traffic fatalities.

Graphic of crash avoidance technology

Attention to safety makes Halloween less scary

Tonight, we advise you to be less concerned about that eerie howling in the woods.  There's something scarier on Halloween that we can actually prevent: pedestrian and drunk driving fatalities.

Photo of 4 kids in Halloween costumes

The traffic statistics for Halloween tell a frightening but all-too-true story. 

And that's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Views Demonstration of New In-Vehicle Technology Targeted Toward Habitual Drunk Drivers

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland today took a first look at new Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) technology being developed to prevent alcohol-impaired drivers from operating their vehicles while under the influence.

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