Drive Merry, Bright, and Sober This Holiday Season

Published on December 16, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. — This holiday season, the Arlington County Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) to share important messages about the dangers of drunk driving. From December 18th, 2020 through January 1st, 2021, law enforcement agencies throughout the country will participate in the high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. This campaign aims to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roadways through a two-pronged approach of education and enforcement. Motorists can expect to see increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving under the influence, coupled with enforcement and increased saturation patrols to identify and apprehend drunk and impaired drivers.

Sadly, the statistics prove that there is still a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, during the month of December 2018, 839 people in the United States lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver. During the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday periods for 2018, there were 285 drunk-driving-related fatalities, greater than any other holiday period that year. This is why the Arlington County Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. These fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired by any substance — alcohol or other drugs — is deadly and illegal. As we enter this holiday season, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

The Arlington County Police Department encourages you to follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.

  • If you see a suspected impaired driver on the roadway, report to your local law enforcement. To report a suspected impaired driver in Arlington County, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

For more information about the 2020 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit the NHTSA website.