‘Tis the season to drive sober, says Iowa law enforcement

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The holiday season is known for celebrations and traditions, but it is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to impaired driving.

For this reason, law enforcement agencies across Iowa will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this holiday season to remove impaired drivers from the roads and help save lives.

Motorists will see an increased presence of law enforcement from Friday, Dec. 18 to Friday, Jan. 1.

Sadly, statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving in the U.S. According to the NHTSA, 10,511 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2018. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2014 to 2018 — one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 50 minutes in 2018.

This is why the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds drivers impaired driving is not only illegal, but it is also a matter of life and death. As you head out to the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Consider the following sobering statistics:

2018 traffic fatalities in Iowa, 27% involved alcohol-impaired driving. Don’t put your loved ones at risk this holiday season.

  • According to the NHTSA, 839 people lost their lives nationally in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December 2018.
  • Despite the fact it’s illegal to drive when impaired by alcohol, in 2018 one person was killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver on our nation’s roads.
  • During the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods alone, there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities (285) than during any other holiday period that year.
  • An OWI can cost you $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, repairs and lost time at work.
  • In Iowa 85 lives were taken by alcohol-impaired traffic crashes in 2018. Don’t be the reason why someone doesn’t get home this holiday season.

Always remember to plan ahead if you will be celebrating with an impairing substance. If you plan to indulge, arrange for a sober driver to take you home. Call a taxi, a friend or an Uber. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take the role seriously, and do not partake in alcohol or any other drugs. You are saving lives!

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