Safe and Sober Program

Buckle up. Drive sober. Drive Attentively. Drive at safe speeds and non-aggressively.

These are the components of Safe & Sober, a national and state program administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Law enforcement in Minnesota – local police, county sheriffs and State Patrol – participate to educate drivers and enforce traffic laws. The primary objectives of Safe & Sober are to increase seat belt use and to reduce alcohol-related crashes.

  • Injuries from traffic crashes are the leading cause of death of people from age 1 to 34.
  • Seat belt use reduces the chance of dying in a crash by 50 percent
  • Two-thirds of Minnesotans killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.
  • About 40 percent of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related.
  • Speeding is the leading cause in fatal crashes.
  • Inattentive driving is the leading cause of injury crashes, and second highest cause of fatal crashes.
  • In Minnesota, there is a murder every 67.9 hours. In comparison, there is a traffic fatality every 15 hours.