The nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is in full force this holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), each year over 10,000 people die because of an alcohol-related accident. In an effort to stop the deadly epidemic, law enforcement officials in every state in the majority of U.S. towns and cities is cracking down on drunk driving from December 13 through New Year's Day. The NHTSA says, "They'll see you before you see them."
"Every 54 minutes during the holiday season drunk driving claims a life," said Anthony Fox, a U.S. Transportation Secretary.
CBS Miami reported that researchers say that highly publicized and frequent sobriety checkpoints are a big deterrent which reduces alcohol-related crashes and fatalities by 20 percent.
Florida officials have also unveiled stiffer guidelines for ignition interlock devices, which are breath devices that prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver's blood alcohol concentration is too high.
"Previous research of convicted drunk drivers show that those with interlocks installed are 75 percent less likely to repeat than those who do not," said David Strickland, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator.
One of the recommendations includes requiring interlocks for all drivers convicted of DUI, even for first time offenders, and another recommendation suggests establishing a minimum amount of time for which offenders must use the ignition interlock device.
Jan Withers, the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving said that what they know is that the first time a person gets caught (driving drunk) isn't the first time they've driven drunk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports the following facts:
- In 2010, men were responsible for 4 out of 5 episodes of drunk driving.
- In the month of December, an average of 27 people a day die as a result of drunk driving.
- In 2012, 3 out of 4 people arrested for drunk driving were male.
- The U.S. has more drunk drivers than most countries have people.
- Nearly 2 out of 3 fatal crashes occurred between the hours of 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.
The drunk driving crackdown will be taking place in Florida and across the nation through January 1st.
If you were arrested for drunk driving, contact a Miami DUI attorney from Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law. With over 45 years of collective experience, the firm's attorneys have defended thousands of individuals against DUI charges in the Miami-Dade Courthouse.