Every year during the holidays, impaired and reckless drivers cause unthinkable – and preventable – tragedies on the roadways. Last year, 259 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Through the new year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is making a nationwide push with their Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
In addition, law enforcement patrols will be increased at this time of the year. Not only is drunk driving dangerous and often deadly, drivers who drive under the influence can face jail time, hefty fines, and lose their license.
Slow down and move over for police, fire, and EMS vehicles as well as tow trucks assisting motorists on the road.
Don’t drive while drowsy or tired. Getting behind the wheel with poor sleep in the past 24 hours can have similar effects to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Be sure your vehicle is properly maintained, and check the weather prior to beginning your road trip.
In 2015, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers made 466 DWI arrests, issued 9,174 speeding citations, and 893 seat belt/child safety seat citations during the eight-day Christmas/New Year holiday period. Keep yourself, your family and friends, and fellow motorists safe this holiday season by obeying traffic laws and driving sober.