Raleigh - The North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP) has launched a new website, BeSmarterThanThat.com, to educate citizens about the risks of drunk driving and to suggest alternative means of transportation to prevent it from happening.
The website works across all mobile devices and can be used to call a cab or phone a friend, as well as to find public transportation based on a user's current location. It can also link to social media accounts to enable a user who has been drinking to reach out to friends for a safe way home.
Last year, 418 people died in North Carolina as a result of crashes involving drunk drivers. So far this year, there have been 152 drunk-driving fatalities on state roads. Although law enforcement officers work diligently to remove drunk drivers from roadways, the best way to keep citizens safe is to prevent drunk driving from happening in the first place.
"The safety of our citizens is my top priority, and we are developing and using new methods through technology to achieve this goal," said Governor Pat McCrory. "Anyone that plans to drink should take advantage of BeSmarterThanThat.com to find a safe way home. With this new website, making the right decision - not to drink and drive - is simple."
Governor McCrory's "N.C. Vision Zero" initiative aims to eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities through coordinated efforts of multiple partners, including law enforcement, to reduce risky driving behavior. BeSmarterThanThat.com is another powerful tool to reduce drunk-driving fatalities in the state.
"Everyone has a responsibility to themselves and their fellow motorists to practice safe driving habits," GHSP Director Don Nail said. "Our new website, BeSmarterThanThat.com, makes it easier than ever to contact a sober driver through social media, take advantage of a ride service or use public transportation. If you plan to drink alcohol then plan a way to get home safely in advance."
It is important to make responsible, safe personal decisions, but it is also important to look out for others.
"If you know someone who is about to drive impaired take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to their destination," Nail said. "If you see an impaired driver on the road contact local law enforcement immediately. You could be the difference between life and death."
Join GHSP in staying safe and in preventing drunk driving. Don't Drink and Drive. You're Smarter Than That.