ARLINGTON, Va. – The holidays are a time for friends, family, and co-workers to come together in celebration. Wherever you are—whether at an office party, a family member’s home, or out at an establishment that serves alcohol—it is essential that you make the lifesaving choice to drive sober when the party ends. To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving, the Arlington County Police Department is partnering 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 during the national high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, which runs from December 13-31, 2018.
According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide in 2017, equating to one person killed every 48 minutes. On average, 10,000 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes each year from 2013 to 2017 in the United States. In December 2017, alone, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver. That’s why the Arlington County Police Department is 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 enjoy the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police nationwide will be increasing the number of patrols, setting up roadblocks and using local media to reach out to all drivers. If you’re drinking and driving, the Arlington County Police Department will stop you. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police right away. If someone you know is about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them get home safely.
The Arlington County Police Department encourages you to follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:
- Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash.
- If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or request a ride share.
- The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s 2018 Holiday SoberRide program is offering free rides home, in partnership with Lyft, from Friday, December 14, 2018 until Tuesday, January 1, 2019, nightly between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Remember, driving after drinking should never be an option.