The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is spending over 13 Million on ads and teaming up with about 11,000 police agencies for Labor Day Weekend. It is reported by the government that there are about 17 million drunk drivers a year in the United States, much of which have deadly results.
David Strickland, Administrator for the NHTSA said, "We have got to go more to close the gap between believing that drunk driving is a threat and actively doing something about it."
The message in Virginia is clear: "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest."
A government survey conducted in 2010 shows that 1 in 5 people admit driving just two hours after drinking, while a quarter of drunk drivers report drinking at least 3 times a week. The survey also shows that 1 in 10 people knowingly get into a vehicle with a drunk driver.
The Director of the Maryland Highway Safety Office, Mr. Vernon Betkey, said, "If we eliminated drunk driving on our highways, and also had 100 percent seatbelt usage, we would cut the amount of fatalities we have by one half."