DRINKING & DRIVING

Drinking & Driving

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER
Widely celebrated across the country, St. Patrick's Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road.  Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in the U.S., and every single one of those deaths is preventable.  Before celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year, decide whether you'll drink or you'll drink.  YOU CAN'T DO BOTH.  Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely from the party.  

If you're planning on driving, commit to staying sober.  Download Uber or Lyft to your Smartphone and be proactive to getting home safely. 

It is important to remember - if you are impaired by any substance, you shouldn't drive.  With NHTSA's support, state and local law enforcement agencies across Michigan are stepping-up enforcement to put an end to all forms of impaired driving, showing zero tolerance to save lives.

Statistics

In 2017, Michigan experienced an 8% increase in alcohol and/or drug-related traffic fatalities, which now represents just over 40% of all traffic deaths, the highest percentage the state has recorded in more than 10 years. Michigan law enforcement officers routinely arrest more than 60,000 people for drunk driving offenses annually.  In December 2017, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver. (NHTSA)

In 2017, 10,874 people were killed in these preventable crashes.  Almost one in five children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes.  It is illegal in all 50 States and the District of Columbia to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.  Drug-impaired driving is an increasing problem.  It is illegal to drive while drug-impaired.  It's essential for drivers to understand:  If you Feel Different, You Drive Different.

Men are more likely than women to be involved in fatal drunk-driving crashes.  In 2017, 21 percent of males were drunk in these crashes, compared to 14 percent of females. (NHTSA)

DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED COMES AT A COST
Lathrup Village drivers and pedestrians have a right to be free of the threat of drunk drivers. Drunk driving kills, and we must work to eliminate this problem.

Contact Us
For more information about this program please contact the Lathrup Police Department at (248) 557-3600.