The holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to drunk driving. So today, MADD’s National President Jan Withers, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA) David Strickland and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving.
Last week, we announced that according to NHTSA’s new 2010 drunk driving fatality data, drunk driving fatalities dropped to 10,228 in 2010. (Read the blog post.) Today, additional data was released that shows a decline in drunk driving fatalities in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Compared with 2009, California and Florida saw the largest reductions—with each declining by more than 100 fatalities last year. Click here to see your state’s 2010 data.
"The decreases in drunk driving fatalities in these states mean that we are on the right track," said Withers. "It also means that fewer families must deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one to this 100 percent preventable crime."
Last year, during the last half of December alone, 415 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. That’s why Secretary LaHood says, “this holiday season, we’re stepping up our efforts to get drunk drivers off our roads and reminding Americans to ‘drive sober, or get pulled over.’”
The message is simple, put safety before the party this holiday season by designating a sober driver to get everyone home safe.