The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nationwide efforts are being made to stop drunk driving. The campaign is called “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Teaming up for these efforts is the NHTSA, Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and local law enforcement. It is an annual campaign with the focus on stopping drivers from getting behind the wheel when they have had too much drink.
The campaign couldn’t happen soon often. Recent stats reveal that in the year 2010, in about 70% of the fatalities that occurred in drunken driving accidents, the blood alcohol levels were nearly two times the limit. The legal limit is .08.
With the number of deaths that occurred in 2010, it equals to about one fatality every 51 minutes. The average blood alcohol content (BAC) level in these crashes was .18 BAC.
This annual campaign began on Aug. 17 and will continue through Labor Day weekend. Meanwhile, other efforts are in the works to aggressively address this serious problem. One way is through developing new guidelines on ignition interlock systems which require drivers to use a device similar to a breathalyzer before starting the vehicle.
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