The holiday season is right around the corner. As Americans prepare for festivities with family and friends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ohio State Highway Patrol and Wood County Safe Communities wants to remind all drivers that it’s dangerous to drive after drinking. You have to choose your role before drinking begins: will you drink or will you drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you’re “okay to drive,” you could still be over the legal limit, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
Lt. Jerrod Savidge of the Ohio State Highway Patrol explains the slogan: “A lot of folks think they know their own limits. They think that if they’re just a little ‘buzzed,’ then they’re still good to drive.” But according to Savidge, this couldn’t be further from the truth. “Time and again, drivers who may have only had a couple of drinks put themselves and others at serious risk,” Lt. Savidge added. “Driving with any alcohol in your system can be dangerous.”
For some people, it doesn’t take much to reach the dangerous level. “We really want all Wood County divers to understand that you don’t have to be falling-down drunk to be impaired to drive,” said Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator. That’s why the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Wood County Safe Communities is working with NHTSA to spread the message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
This anti-drunk-driving campaign aims to inform all Americans about the dangers of driving after drinking—even after drinking “just a little”. Drunk driving is a terrible killer on our nation’s roads. In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. This time of year is especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties. In December 2013 alone, there were 733 people killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. In 2013, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involved drunk driving.
This holiday season, we urge you to plan ahead: designate a sober driver. If you plan on drinking at all, don’t plan on driving. Don’t assume that you’ll know whether you can safely drive or not at the end of the night.