-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28 (HealthDay News) -- State highway safety
offices are setting up sobriety checkpoints and beefing up road
patrols through Monday, Jan. 2, in an effort to target drunk
Member agencies of the Governors Highway Safety Association are
teaming up with local police forces to identify more drivers under
the influence of alcohol.
"Any person who considers drinking and driving should know that police are out in full force watching for them. The time for warnings has long passed. If you drive drunk this holiday season, there will be consequences," said GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha in an association news release.
Drunk drivers claimed 415 lives in the second half of December
2010 alone, according to the release. New Year's Day is among the
five deadliest days on U.S. roads, according to the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety.
This year, states are also using paid ad campaigns to create
awareness about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving.
In California, the Office of Traffic Safety's awareness campaign
is centered around the message, "RUOK?" Their response: "If you
have to ask if someone is okay to drive, then you already know the
answer." The campaign also uses social media sites, such as
Facebook and Twitter, to get the word out.
In their "One Team" concept, Idaho highway safety officials are
teaming up with nearby states -- Washington, Oregon and Montana --
to pool resources and coordinate enforcement efforts to ensure that
even the rural areas in those states are safe from drunk
Nebraska is working with the U.S. Postal Service to display
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" posters on Postal Service vehicles
in the Omaha metropolitan area.
Meanwhile, Utah's Highway Safety Office is staging a drunk
driving crash at a Christmas tree lot under the banner, "Remember,
drunk driving and the holidays don't mix."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
more information on
drinking and driving.
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