According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,874 people were killed last year in crashes that involved a drunk driver.

During the month of December 2017, 885 people lost their lives in a crash that involved a drunk driver.

If you’re traveling throughout the coming weeks you can expect to see increase law enforcement on the road as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This year, for the first time, the NHTSA will focus the campaign on not only drunk drivers but also drug-impaired drivers with the “If you fee different, you drive different” campaign.

NHTSA recommends the following actions to stay safe this holiday season:

  • Remember, it is never okay to drive drunk or high. Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride share service to get home safely. Before you go out, download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices. It lets you share your location so a friend can pick you up. The app is free and available for Apple and Android devices.
  • If a friend or family member is impaired by alcohol or drugs and planning to drive, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.
  • Be alert and distraction-free, and if you see an impaired driver, call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Buckle up. Wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver.

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