2018 DRUNK-DRIVING AWARENESS
December 5, 2018
This Holiday Season, and All Year Long:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Pevely, MO—The holidays are a time for friends, family, and co-workers to come together in celebration. Wherever you are—whether at an office party, a family member’s home, or out at the bar—it is essential that you make the lifesaving choice to drive sober when the party ends. To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving, the Pevely 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. The national high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from December 13-31, 2018. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving, as well as drugged driving, which is on the rise. Increased State and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.
Sadly, the statistics show that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2017, equating to one person killed every 48 minutes. On average, 10,000 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes each year from 2013 to 2017. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors. In December 2017, alone, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver. This is why the Pevely Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to enjoy the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation’s roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI. It’s that simple.
We understand that during the holidays, people are running around, busily checking off items on their to-do list and attending parties. 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. Stay safe and stay sober on the roads.
Pevely Police Department and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. 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, during the December holidays, we will make zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses.
Party with a Plan
First and foremost: Plan ahead. Be honest with yourself: You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you. Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Pevely Police Department.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
During the holidays, and every day, please remember that drunk driving isn’t only illegal, it’s deadly. For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
Drunk Driving Comes at a Cost
Drunk driving can cost you your life, but it can also cost you financially. Here’s how:
If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment if you’re unable to report to the office.
Drinking and driving could cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle. This could inhibit you from getting to work, resulting in lost wages and, potentially, job loss.
If you kill someone while driving drunk, you could face manslaughter charges.
Financially, a DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, higher insurance rates, and lost time at work.
This Fourth of July, commit to only driving when you’re 100-percent sober. As you head out to celebrate, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
PEVELY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The Pevely Police Department has received four traffic grants through the Missouri Department of Transportation for the 2017-2018 period.
The grants are for Hazardous Moving Violations (HMV), Occupant Protection Enforcement (OPE), Driving While Intoxicated enforcement (DWI) and Youth Alcohol Enforcement (YAE).
The Missouri Department of Transportation grants will allow the Pevely Police Department to dedicate additional man-hours to conduct traffic enforcement throughout the city. The goal of this traffic enforcement is to locate and remove or educate as needed, unsafe drivers, unbelted drivers and passengers, intoxicated drivers and young individuals that are participating in underage drinking and driving.
With the help of the Missouri Department of Transportation and traffic grants and the daily traffic enforcement of our duty officers, we intend to make every effort to assist in lowering the number of state and national fatal and serious injury accidents.
We ask every person that gets behind the wheel, to assist us in this endeavor by driving safely, never drinking and driving, and along with their passengers, always wear your seatbelt.
NO BOOSTER SEAT IS JUST AS DANGEROUS.
Many parents are unaware of the importance of proper use and installation of child passenger safety restraints and related laws. In 2016, 18 children less than eight years of age were killed and 47 suffered serious injuries as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri. Twenty-nine percent of the children killed or seriously injured were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States.
The Pevely Police Department in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation will participate in the Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Campaign beginning September 17th through September 23rd.