Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over is an annual safety campaign sponsored by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Taking place this year from August 18th- September 3rd, this observance aims to increase public understanding of the many dangers associated with drinking and driving. 
According to the NHTSA, someone is killed in an alcohol-related car accident every 51 minutes.  These crashes are preventable, which is why raising awareness of this issue is so important. Equipping people with more knowledge about how drugs and alcohol affects them and their driving decreases the likelihood of them making unsafe choices on the road. 
Contrary to popular belief, having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of less than .08% does not necessarily mean it’s safe to drive. A BAC of .02% results in some loss of judgment, a decline in visual functions, and a reduced ability to multi-task. The effects of a .05% BAC include reduced coordination, as well as difficulty steering and responding to emergency driving situations. It is by this logic that New York State charges drivers with a BAC of .05%-.07% with a Driving While Ability Impaired By Alcohol (DWAI) violation.  Penalties include fines, jail time, and license suspension, just as they do for a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) violation.  In addition, New York’s Zero Tolerance Law charges drivers under 21 with a DWI if they have a BAC of .02% or higher. 

Click here pulled overfor more information and resources, including a sober driving pledge as well as download instructions for the Safer Ride App used to help people identify their location and call a friend or taxi service for a safe ride home.