The official start of the annual anti-drunk driving campaign: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” was initiated by the joined forces of the U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), and the National Center for DWI Courts.
Law Enforcements are Cracking Down Nationwide
NHTSA Initiates New Ignition Interlock Guidelines
To assist the problem of drinking and driving, NHTSA worked with the National Center for DWI Courts to develop a new ignition interlock system, which requires drivers to blow into a breathalyzer-like device that is installed onto the vehicle’s dashboard. This is to confirm the driver is sober before permitting the automobile to start. This program was released last month.
NHTSA will air advertisements in major media markets across the country featuring “invisible” law enforcement officers observing individuals drinking and then catching them before they drive. The advertisement is to send the message that law enforcement officers are cracking down and will catch those who make the mistake of drinking and driving.
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