Fewer people died last year in car crashes involving drunk driving.
According to the Transportation Department (DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving deaths declined by 2.5% in 2013. Even with this decrease, 10,076 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver in last year --1 death every 52 minutes. December 2013 was the month with the lowest number of drunk driving fatalities -- 733 lives lost.
“We will continue to be relentless in our effort to curb drunk driving because each life is precious,” said DOT Anthony Secretary Foxx. “Too many lives are still being cut far too short because of drunk driving. We can stop these tragedies by making the decision not to allow ourselves or our loved ones to get behind the wheel after drinking.”
SaferRide app unveiled
SaferRide a new app introduced by NHTSA is designed to help keep drunk drivers off the road by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up. The app is available starting for Android devices on Google Play.
“We’re making progress in the fight against drunk driving by working with law enforcement and our safety partners, and by arming people with useful tools, such as our new SaferRide app,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “This holiday season, don’t make the selfish and deadly choice to drink and drive.”
During this year’s crackdown, which started on December 15 and continues until January 1, 2015, more than 10,000 participating police departments and law enforcement agencies will be out in force to get drunk drivers off the road. These efforts are supported by an $8 million dollar U.S. DOT national advertising campaign conveying NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message.
It is against the law in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to drive a vehicle while legally drunk, with a blood alcohol concentration BAC of .08 or higher. All states also prohibit anyone under the age of 21 to drink and to drive with any BAC in their system.