The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching its annual law enforcement crackdown on drunken driving today. The crackdown, which runs through Labor Day, involves more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country that will be out in force zeroing in on drunken drivers, with zero tolerance for anyone caught with a BAC of .08 or higher — the legal limit…

While the number of drunken drivers on the road has been sharply reduced, motorists are still at risk for encountering someone driving drunk at any time of day. That risk rises exponentially between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. …

NHTSA reminds motorists that their best protection against a drunken driver is a seat belt. And for those who find themselves too drunk to safely drive, NHTSA’s SaferRide app will help keep drunken drivers off the roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up.

This free app is available on Google Play (for Android devices) and on the iTunes Store (for Apple devices).

Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink, text and drive at the same time. Don’t talk on the phone or surf the internet and drive. Don’t have sex while driving. Don’t put on make-up while driving. Don’t read or watch a movie while driving.

Seriously, driving is for driving. (And maybe singing to the CD playing just loud enough to drown out your voice.) If you’re in bumper-to-bumper traffic, sure, feel free to read bumper stickers and billboards — but in the name of all that’s holy, put down your device.

(Photo taken 8/16/2015.)

2 thoughts on “Annual drunken driving campaign begins

  1. I was pretty shocked to hear about a young person who was overheard talking to a friend about which movie to watch on a long drive he was making. It’s terrifying to think about how little attention folks are paying to their driving – and they might be only a few feet away from you and traveling at 65mph!

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