As people across the country celebrate the end of summer this Labor Day with parades and festivals, Mothers Against Drunk Driving urges everyone to stay safe on the road during a time of year when drunk driving deaths typically increase. Over Labor Day weekend in 2010, 147 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide.
In an effort to get drunk drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and most importantly, to save more lives on our roadways, the national impaired-driving enforcement crackdown—“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”— will be held from mid-August through Labor Day 2012.
Supporting the heroes who keep us safe on the road is a critical part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement, like the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
A drunk driving crash is not an accident, and there are several ways you can help keep your loved ones safe this Labor Day holiday:
- Plan for a safe way home for you and your loved ones before consuming alcohol
- Throw a safe party for all of your guests
- Recognize and report drunk drivers on the roadways
Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk, so don’t take the chance. If you drink and drive, you will be caught.
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving:
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.