Keep Roads Safe this Summer with Sober Driving
With warm weather and school out, summer is the time for gatherings. Whether at a carnival or fair, beach, music festival, community gathering, backyard barbeque or camping trip, there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the company of friends and family over the summer months.
Many people also take advantage of holiday weekends for Memorial Day, Independence Day, regional fairs and festivals, or Labor Day to travel. All these chances to enjoy fun and sun are opportunities for both alcohol consumption and increased driving, and the deadly combination of drinking and driving.
That’s why law enforcement authorities across the country are on high alert for drunk drivers throughout the summer and especially on holiday weekends. We’re proud to join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding drivers everywhere of one simple fact to remember this summer: drive sober or get pulled over.
Sobering Stats on Drunk Driving
There’s no doubt drunk driving is a highly risky behavior. So, what are the risks? Here are some sobering statistics from the NHTSA.
- Over the Labor Day 2017 holiday weekend, 36 percent of fatalities in traffic crashes involved a drunk driver.
- During the same Labor Day 2017 holiday period, there were 376 crash fatalities in the U.S.; 44 percent involved drivers who had been drinking.
- More than a third of the fatalities involved drivers who were too drunk to legally drive, and more than a quarter involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the legal limit.
- In fatal crashes during the month of August over the five-year period of 2013–2017, almost 10 percent of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
- Among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day period in 2017, 42 percent had a BAC of .08 or higher.
If You Plan to Drink, Plan Not to Drive
Make sure your summer celebrations include a plan to get home safely — with a sober driver behind the wheel. Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive, even a little bit. It’s impossible to accurately guess your BAC, and impairment occurs even at a BAC below .08.
Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a rideshare service to get home safely. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement, and if you have a friend who plans to drive while impaired, help your friend arrive home safely. Have fun and stay safe this summer!
Ignition Interlock Devices: The Secure Solution
Ignition interlock devices have proven to be the most effective way to keep drunk drivers off the road, no matter the season. They’re also an effective aid for voluntary sobriety for people in recovery from substance abuse addiction.
If you need assistance installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, call Intoxalock customer support at (844) 577-9243. Representatives are available 24/7, and we have more than 2,600 service center locations across the U.S. to serve our customers. We’re ready to help.