Drive sober or get pulled over: it is a phrase that encapsulates the annual awareness campaign for the dangers and results of DUI driving in America. The possible consequences of driving when impaired in any way are not to be underestimated. When operating a vehicle before, during, and after Labor Day weekend, drivers should remember to drive sober or get pulled over.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: An Awareness Event
The National Department of Transportation sets forth this annual campaign to raise awareness about the statistics and dangers of driving under the influence. This year, in 2022, the event spans from August 17 through September 5. Labor Day weekend can have higher rates of DUI incidents along with vacation travel, which is why the campaign happens then. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a time for everyday people to practice the best driving safety precautions.
It’s Illegal to Drive Under the Influence
No matter what state you are driving in, it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence. The penalty of a DUI can cost an individual $10,000 for risking the safety of the road. Whether you seem alone on the road or in heavy traffic, driving under the influence of alcohol at any level is breaking the law.
“If You Feel Different, You Drive Different”
Drinking culture is prevalent throughout Maryland and other states, so taking responsibility for keeping the roads safe is something that many can relate to. If you feel any different from normal after an evening out, have someone else drive who has not drunk alcohol. This could be a designated driver friend or an Uber driver.
You Won’t Regret Playing It Safe
As mentioned earlier, the cost of a DUI could be up to $10,000. Of course, there are many other much more devastating potential consequences, including killing another individual in a car crash. Unfortunately, about 11,000 people pass from a drunk driving crash each year. Not only would a fatal crash impact one person, but the families, friends, and community as well. It is always best to play it safe and drive sober and undistracted.
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