Chief Joseph Wazny announced the holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic safety enforcement campaign will run through Jan. 2.
Officers will focus on those driving impaired, distracted, or without a seat belt. If you plan to drink, plan for a safe ride home.
In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in alcohol-related driving accidents, representing 29 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Convicted drunken or drug-impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, vehicle towing, and lost wages because of time off work, according to the news release. The ultimate cost of impaired driving is causing a traffic crash that results in injury or death.
Here are some tips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:
• If you will be drinking, arrange in advance for a cab, ride-sharing service or designated driver to take you home.
• If you become impaired, do not drive. Call a taxi or ride-sharing service, or phone a sober friend or family member.
• If someone you know has been drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help
them arrange a safe way home.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1.
• Buckle your seat belt, regardless of where you are seated. By law, all occupants must wear their seat belt.
• Do not use electronic communications devices without the use of Bluetooth technology (hands-free) while driving.