December Holidays Welcome DUI Crackdown

December 5, 2009

Thousands of law enforcement agencies nationwide are gearing up for a crackdown on DUI and DWI offenses during the December holidays. As the national law enforcement and public awareness effort gets set to run through New Year's Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") reports that the campaign involves thousands of law enforcement agencies nationwide, and is supported by more than $7 million in national television and radio advertising.

The holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired driving. Since 1998, impaired drivers have claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people in the state of Maryland.

In an effort to raise awareness to prevent impaired driving, the state has seen an increase in partnerships over the past years.

Please enjoy the holiday season, and remain aware of your alcohol consumption. As needed, ask your local bartender about the Tipsy Taxi or other sober ride programs. Military personnel should contact the duty officer or barrack staff if a sober ride is needed.