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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season
By MADD | December 13, 2011| 4 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

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.



Submitted by Tom Craig at 10:32 PM on December 16, 2011
My daughter's sister-in-law was killed by a drunk driver on October 30th while crossing East 7th (?) street in front of Jackalober Jack. There have been other people struck while crossing here. She was jaywalking but I cannot accept this as a rationalization of what he did. He was drunk enough to put on his glasses. She was only 31 years old and moved to Charlotte to be closer to her brother who has ALSu Gehering disease). He was charged with involuntary manuslaughter, dwi & already had lost his privilage to drive. Can anyone really understand the pain her family is in right now? He will never get what he deserves nor will the family ever have comfort. This has caused her brother who is already suffering in the biggest fight of his life. Autumn was a true angel on earth and I pray thay the Charlotte group will help the guilty party, Mr. Stephen Watts, get what he has coming!!!
Submitted by Adler at 09:03 PM on December 16, 2011
Will the cabs be offering free services for this New Year's Eve (2011-2012)
Submitted by TxMom71 at 10:56 AM on December 16, 2011
I can't believe the State of Texas would approve a license plate that says "DUI GOD"
Submitted by Darlene at 12:05 PM on December 13, 2011
My daughter would have been 52 years old today, Dec. 13,2011 if she had not been killed by a drunk driver. The pain never goes away.

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