ARLINGTON, Va. – During the 2019 Labor Day holiday, Arlington County Police will again partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 14 through September 2, 2019. During this period, police will conduct nightly saturation patrols with the goal of drastically reducing incidents of drunk driving on our roadways.
The staggering statistics show that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed nationally in drunk-driving crashes in 2017. During the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. September 1 – 5:59 a.m. September 5), there were 376 crash fatalities nationwide. Forty-four percent of those fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC). More than one-third (36%) of the fatalities involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC), and more than one-fourth (26%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC). This is why we’re working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
“Labor Day should be a time for friends and family to come together to enjoy the last days of summer, but it can also be one that ends in tragedy due to the fatal impacts of impaired driving,” said M. Jay Farr, Chief of Police. “Before you ever leave for the party, I’m urging residents to make a plan to arrive home safely by always choosing a sober ride. With commitment from our community, we can work together to keep our roadways free of drunk drivers so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable holiday.”
For additional information and resources on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit the Traffic Safety Marketing website.