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Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds people to drive sober

Posted at 4:39 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 19:39:27-05

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding people to drive sober this holiday season.

This year, for the first time, NHTSA's annual Drive Sober campaign has expanded to focus not just on alcohol, but drug-impaired driving as well.

According to the Administration, last year, California ranked second among states with the highest number of alcohol-related crashes in the month of December. Across the state, 97 lives were lost in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.

The NHTSA recommends the following actions to stay safe during the holidays including being alert and distraction-free, buckling up and designating a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride share service to get home safely.