HOLIDAY GREETING: DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

December 22, 2012

The holiday season is at its climax. Some of us who would not ordinarily step foot in a mall battle huge crowds to buy last-minute gifts. Most of us attend more parties in two weeks than they we do the rest of the year. All of us are being told "drive sober or get pulled over".

"Drive sober or get pulled over" is a campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) aimed at raising awareness about drunk driving (called O.V.I. in Ohio). The campaign includes television commercials, radio advertising, and online videos. Although the campaign began earlier this year, efforts to implement the campaign and detect drunk drivers is being ramped-up for the holidays.

The holiday D.U.I./O.V.I. crackdown was the subject of a meeting earlier this month supported by NHTSA, MADD and the Governors Highway Safety Association. At that meeting, NHTSA released state by state drunk driving statistics for 2011 and reinforced the message that D.U.I. / O.V.I. enforcement will be increased significantly through New Year's Day. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was quoted as saying, "The holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on our nation's roadways due to drunk drivers - that's why law enforcement officers will be out in full force".

We know the officers are going to be out in full force during the holidays, so don't go out and drink full force. With the money you save by not having to hire a good D.U.I./O.V.I. lawyer, you could buy a lot of last-minute gifts at the mall. Better yet, you could stay off the road entirely, order those gifts online, and give some of that saved money to charity!