This Labor Day holiday, the GHSP will join with the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to
spread the word about impaired driving dangers and to work together to get
drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.
The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is now
underway and continues through September 7, 2020. During this period, local law
enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and
national messages about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with law
enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk
driving on our nation’s roadways.
According to NHTSA, 10,511 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2018.
On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2014 to 2018 and one
person was killed in drunk-driving crashes every 50 minutes in 2018. That’s the
equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing, each year, with no survivors. This is why
the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program is working with NHTSA to
remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life
and death. As you head out to socially distanced Labor Day festivities,
remember: Drive Sober or Get
“We want to see Labor Day celebrated, but celebrated safely,” Gov. Jim Justice
“Whether you are at home or at an event with social distancing, we want West
Virginians to keep our roads free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a
safe holiday,” Gov. Justice continued. “We want to get the message out that not
only is drunk driving illegal in West Virginia, drunk driving kills people.
Help us protect our families, friends, and neighbors by avoiding this
During the 2018 Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. August 31 – 5:59 a.m.
September 4), there were 439 crash fatalities nationwide. During the 2018 Labor
Day holiday weekend, 9 West Virginians died in crashes. Forty-three percent of
those fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC). More than
one-third (38%) of the fatalities involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC),
and nearly one-fourth (24%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost
twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC). Age is a particularly risky factor: Among
drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor
Day holiday period in 2018, 47% of those drivers were drunk, with BACs of .08
“During the Labor Day holiday and every day of the year, we will make zero
exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses,” said Bob Tipton, GHSP
The West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program recommends these safe
alternatives to drinking and driving: