The Dalles Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives this holiday season. The national high-visibility enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” runs now through Dec. 31.
Local law enforcement has zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving, which is on the rise, according to a press release from the department. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and more officers on the road, aim to reduce drunk driving.
Nationally, 10,974 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2017, according to the NHTSA. On average, 10,000 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes each year from 2013 to 2017. Last year, in December alone, 885 people died in such crashes.
“We understand that during the holidays, people are running about, busily checking off items on their to-do list and attending parties,” said The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore. “We need our community members to slow down and remember: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober—during the holidays, and all year long.
“Drunk driving is a huge problem in our country, and unfortunately, we’re seeing a rise in marijuana use and drugged driving, too,” he added. People need to “stay safe and stay sober on the roads.”
There are many resources available to get you home sober, Ashmore said. “Impaired driving of any form is not acceptable behavior. It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. That’s why we have zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses,” he said.
For more information about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.