If you’re like many Americans, there’s a good chance you’ll be going to the movies in the next couple of weeks. There’s also a good chance that in the time it takes to sit through a movie—about two hours—two Americans will die in drunk driving tragedies. In total, 9,967 people died in drunk driving crashes in the United States in 2014.
The holidays are a particularly dangerous time as many celebrate the season with alcohol and then make the often deadly choice to get behind the wheel impaired.
Here at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we’re passionate about protecting Americans when they’re on the road. That’s why we team up with State and local law enforcement every holiday season to keep drunk drivers off our streets. We call it the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday enforcement crackdown, and this year it runs from December 16 to January 2 —the days of celebration that too often turn deadly because of drunk driving.