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Increasing Numbers 2012

Last year, deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent, taking 10,322 lives compared to 9,865 in 2011.

The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over winter holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged driving seems more important than ever.

The Holidays

During just a few days around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, you will find more people on the roads, many attending and returning home from celebrations of one sort or another. On average, more than 300 people die in drunk-driving crashes these few days.

All leave family, friends, and others behind. Please, drive sober for your own safety and the safety of others.

Too Drunk To Drive?

Many people try to calculate their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels after drinking, just too see if they are below the legal limit or not. It is not that simple.

Many people also believe that they cannot be arrested if their BAC level is below .08. This is not true. An officer who has probable cause to suspect an impaired driver based on driving behavior may arrest or cite any driver at BACs below .08 in every State.

Remember, your perception of your own physical state and your judgment are two of the first things to go when you drink alcohol, starting already after your first drink.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Always drive sober. If you have been drinking, take public transportation, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you.

Never accept a ride with a drunk driver and never let any of your friends drive when they have been drinking.

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