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Fall 2007 | Vol. 10 | No. 3

West Virginia's Impaired Driving Campaign Highlighted in New Report

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A new report from NHTSA highlights the successes of West Virginia's impaired driving high visibility campaign conducted in 2003-2005. The campaign began during the July 2003 holiday period and ended in September of 2005. The campaign had three components: 1) paid and earned media with an enforcement message, 2) enhanced periods of enforcement during summer and winter holiday periods using sobriety checkpoints, and 3) sustained enforcement between holidays.

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The enforcement component involved two crackdowns, each covering 85 percent of the state's population with sobriety checkpoints and sobriety patrols. Paid and earned media supported DWI enforcement by delivering a strong enforcement message. In targeted counties, West Virginia significantly reduced alcoholrelated fatalities and the number of drivers with high BACs. An estimated 18 lives were saved over the 18-month period.

This new report provides evidence of the success of the impaired driving high-visibility enforcement model. The increased number of checkpoints accompanied by the extensive media campaign was a deterrent to those who may have decided to drink and drive.

To download a copy of the report, visit A print copy is available by faxing a request to 301-386-2194 or e-mailing