National campaign aims to curb drunk driving

13News Now Elise Brown has the story.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- During the holiday's local police step up patrols and checkpoints. 

A national campaign called Drive Sober or Get Pulled over is hitting home the reality of drunk driving.

An interactive video shows the accident from various perspectives, law enforcement, medics and fire crews. It's a campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to show the dangers of driving under the influence. The web video is called "No big deal."

13NewsNow showed it to Corporal Melinda Wray with the Norfolk Police Department. It was her first time seeing the video.

"Oh my goodness," she said. "This is real life, you hear those sounds and screams that are muffled in the background."

Wray, like many other people in law enforcement, knows the devastation accidents can cause.

"Holding that lifeless body in your hands is something that you'll never forget," said Wray. 

According to the NHTSA over the past five years during the Christmas to New Years time frame, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes.

"Sober driving is the only safe way to drive, one drink alone, that's where the impairment begins," said Wray.

Wray said plan a way to get home whether that's a rideshare, cab, or designated driver. If you're on the road and not under the influence, you need to be mindful of drivers who may be.

"Wear your seatbelts, if you have kids in the car, ensure that they're properly restrained, in a seat that accommodates their height, their weight and their age. That's so important," added Wray. 

If you're interested in seeing the interactive video, click HERE.


 

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