NYSP participating in "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" national crackdown

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign

This is the season of giving, so give yourself and all your neighbors the gift of safer roads by driving sober over the holidays.

"In an effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off Florida roads, FHP troopers will aggressively enforce impaired driving laws to ensure motorists and their families arrive to their destinations safely", said FHP Director Col. Gene S. Spaulding in a statement. Over the past five years, an average of 300 people died in drunk-driving crashes during the Christmas through New Year's holiday period.

The New York State Police will take part in a national campaign to crack down on impaired driving over the holiday season, the governor's office said Friday.

In addition to the increase in impaired driving enforcement, officers will be on the lookout for drivers who speed, talk or text on cellphones and run red traffic signals.

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Driving while impaired can lead to an arrest and jail time, loss of a driver's license, higher insurance rates, and unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, auto towing, vehicle repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

Preliminary figures indicate that, as of December 15, 2017, 921 people have been killed in traffic crashes this year, compared to 975 killed during the same time period last year. Of these 20 traffic fatalities 9 of them (45%) involved a driver with a blood alcohol level of.080% or higher. "Choosing to drink and drive is a selfish choice that often results in harsh consequences". Be honest with yourself about how you celebrate, and make a plan to get home without getting behind the wheel. Call a taxi, Uber or Lyft; phone a sober friend or family member; or use the public bus system. Seat belt violations also will be enforced.

Download NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple's i Tunes Store for iOS devices. These items are your best defense against an impaired driver.

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