Eight percent of all U.S. motorists admit to driving drunk at least once during the last year, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows.
This means the U.S. Department of Transportation has its work cut out as this year's awareness campaign on the dangers of drunk driving gets underway. Perhaps you've already seen the ads with the tagline: "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."
The NHTSA is also providing $13 million to fund TV and radio ads.
While the research showed that four of five Americans believe drunk driving is a "major threat" to their safety, one in five said they had driven within two hours of drinking alcohol in the last year.
"Our message is loud and clear," said NHTSA administrator David Strickland. "If you drive drunk you will be arrested and prosecuted. There will be no exceptions and no excuses. And if you're below the age of 21, there is zero tolerance for any alcohol in your system whatsoever."
The survey was conducted via phone in 2008 to 6999 respondents.
More than three-quarters of the drinking-and-driving trips made in the last month, the research found, were made by males. Regardless of sex, our only recommendation is to be careful this Labor Day weekend.
For more on the survey, view the PDF here.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation