New DUI Campaign to begin August 17

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” – it’s not just a slogan for an anti-drunk driving campaign, it’s the law. And now, police nationwide are joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the effort to make our roads safer.

Ten thousand police departments across the country will support this campaign beginning on Aug. 17 and continuing through the Labor Day holiday this weekend to help get drunk drivers off of our roads.

Thanks to the dedication and the hard work of law enforcement and our safety partners we have made significant improvements in reductions in the highway and roadway deaths tin recent years.

In fact, alcohol related deaths in 2010 declined in many parts of the country, but we still have work to do.

New agency statistics released today show that 70 percent of deaths in drunk driving crashes in 2010 involved drivers with a blood alcohol level that was nearly twice the .08 legal limit.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 11,000 people die on the road every year due to drunk drivers.

Source:, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” August 14, 2012 (Copyright © 2012 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)