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NHTSA raises awareness of drunk driving during holidays

In North Carolina and across the U.S., drunk driving becomes an epidemic when Christmas and New Year's roll around. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is familiar with the results: the past five years have seen an average of 300 traffic fatalities due to drunk driving between the two holidays. In 2016, there were a total of 781 fatalities in alcohol-related accidents in the month of December. An NHTSA report also reveals that one-third of all drivers taken into custody for DUI are repeat offenders.

This is why every holiday season the NHTSA promotes its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The agency is running nationwide TV ads warning about the dangers and consequences of DUI. It has also created a web program allowing users to enter a 360-degree virtual reality environment, where they interact with drivers, police officers, and paramedics at the scene of a drunk driving crash.

The NHTSA encourages everyone to spread the word about its campaign and keep others from driving after they have had too much to drink. The agency's law enforcement partners are also doing their best to keep the roads safe across the nation.

The final decision to drive drunk is, of course, up to every individual. When intoxicated drivers cause car accidents, they could face not only criminal charges but also civil lawsuits from occupants of other vehicles who have been injured in the crash. The victims might want to meet with a personal injury attorney to see how best they can seek compensation for their medical bills and for other losses that they might have sustained.

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