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Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

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2009 Holiday Crackdown

December 16 - January 3

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2008, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. The holiday season can be particularly dangerous for travelers on America's roads. This is why State Highway Safety Offices around the country are working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and their state and local partners to take part in the national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown on impaired driving throughout the holiday season.

The crackdown is a deterrence program organized by NHTSA that combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity. This December’s effort is supported by $7.5 million in paid national advertising to help put everyone on notice that if they are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested.

Examples of specific state enforcement and public information efforts are listed below. For more information about a specific state's activities, call or email that state's media contact. State drunk driving laws and additional resources about this issue are available on the GHSA Drunk Driving Laws page. General information about the campaign is available at

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