Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

Labor Day Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Campaign Begins

Labor Day is near and that means millions of people will be headed to the beach or lake to celebrate the end of summer. Unfortunately, for many, it also means they will be driving drunk or will become the victim of a drunk driver. To prevent that, law enforcement agencies across the nation have already begun cracking down on drunk drivers. This year’s “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign began on August 15th and will run through the end of Labor Day weekend on September 1st.

How bad is the problem? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2012 Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Tuesday), 147 people died in drunk driving crashes. On an average day, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes but, during Labor Day weekend, that figure jumps to one every 34 minutes. Young drivers between the ages of 18-34 make up the largest segment of drunk drivers.

If you plan to include alcohol as part of your Labor Day weekend festivities, make sure you have a safe way to get home. Use a designated driver or some alternate means of transportation. Better yet, enjoy the final holiday of the summer without alcohol. Don’t become a statistic or ruin the lives of your family or some other innocent family by drinking and driving.

Safety messages

Safety Messages In A Language Drivers Can Understand

Safety messages often go ignored so the Massachusetts Department of Transportation decided to post messages in a language Bostonians can understand. “Use Yah Blinkah” was the first message posted and proved so popular that a contest was organized to get more ideas from  Massachusetts residents. More than 500 entries were received. To see the winners, read more: Humor, highway safety merge in contest

Photo credit: AP / Michael Dwyer

Fighting crimes vs traffic enforcement

Ask the Traffic School Instructor: Fighting Crimes vs Traffic Enforcement

Question: Is there any study on how many crimes are not solved or prevented because police are enforcing traffic laws instead?

Answer: I’ve had this question before in my traffic classes. The question that’s usually asked is more along the lines of “Why aren’t the police out solving crimes instead of going after good, honest folks like us?” There aren’t any studies that I know of to answer your specific question but we can do another type of comparison that may give you something to think about. Continue Reading

Punishment should fit the crime

Should The Punishment Fit The Traffic Offense?

Should the punishment fit the crime? Police in China have announced that, in addition to paying a fine, drivers who fail to dim their high beams when approaching oncoming traffic will have to stare into high beams for five minutes.

The author of this article has come up with some novel punishments to fit the traffic crime. Caught applying makeup in traffic: no makeup for a week. How do you feel?

Read more: Punishments for driving offenses should fit the crimes

A child is a human caution sign

Every Child Is A Human Caution Sign

“Every child is a human caution sign” is the theme of this year’s Child Safety Awareness Campaign for the month of August. Each week during August, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will highlight a different traffic safety issue involving children. Read more: DHSMV Promotes Child Safety Awareness in August