Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride Home: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride Home: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
April 20th, 2024 | Media Release

Drugged driving is on the rise in Nebraska. To help keep drug-impaired drivers off the roads, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with the Scottsbluff Police Department April 19-21, 2024 to spread the message that drug-impaired driving of any kind is dangerous and illegal. NDOT Highway Safety Office wants to remind all drivers: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Like drunk driving, drug-impaired driving is illegal nationwide. According to NHTSA, between 2009 and 2018, of those drivers killed in crashes and tested for marijuana, the presence of marijuana had nearly doubled. In 2022 Nebraska fatalities with an impaired driver increased almost 5% over 2021! This is why it’s so important to spread this lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It doesn’t matter what term is used: If a person is feeling a little high, buzzed, stoned, or wasted, he or she must not get behind the wheel. Think driving while high isn’t dangerous? It has been proven that THC can slow reaction times, impair cognitive performance, and make it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.

“It doesn’t matter what the day is; marijuana impairment is a threat when you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Sgt Philip Eckerberg. “We are asking our community members to obey the law and to make safe choices when behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

Options to Get Home Safely

Those who plan to celebrate should have a plan in place and refrain from driving. Here are a few tips to help prepare for a safe night.

• If you have used an impairing substance such as marijuana, do not drive. Passengers should never ride with an impaired driver. If you think a driver may be impaired, do not get in the car.

• If you are drug-impaired, pass the keys to a driver who has not used drugs and can safely drive you to your destination. Like drunk driving, it is essential that drug-impaired drivers refrain from driving a vehicle. It is never okay to drive while impaired by any substance.

• Do you have a friend who is about to drive while impaired by drugs? Take the keys away and arrange to get them home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone — they’ll thank you later.

• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact the Scottsbluff Police Dept at 308-632-7176.

By working together, we can save lives and help keep America’s roadways safe. Please join NHTSA in sharing the lifesaving message, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, please visit


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