December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month: 4 Things You Should Know

The holiday season is a time of cheer and celebration but impaired driving can lead to tragedy during these months. Did you know President Obama issued a proclamation designating December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month on November 30, 2012?

Here are 4 things you should know about Impaired Driving Prevention Month:

1. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes during 2010. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31% of the reported deaths.

2. NHTSA also reported that in 2010, one in three people killed in a vehicle crash with known test results, tested positive for drugs. These positive tests results included the presence of illegal drugs as well as over-the-counter and prescription medications. Drunk drivers aren’t the only dangerously impaired individuals on our highways.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2009, more than 5,400 people died in motor vehicle accidents that involved a distracted driver. Cell phone use and texting while driving are leading causes of distracted driving.

4. One of the main goals of this national campaign is to urge all Americans to make responsible decisions regarding the prevention of drunk driving, operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, and driving while distracted.

What You Can Do to Stay Safe This New Years:

There are very simple strategies that responsible drivers can use to stay safe and keep others on the roadways safe this holiday season.

Drivers need to be aware that driving while under the influence of specific prescription drugs or illicit drugs can result in fatal consequences. Driving while drugged is as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Passengers should always avoid riding with any individual they suspect may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Try your best to keep an impaired driver from getting behind the wheel. Standing up for what you believe could save a life.

Appointing a designated driver before celebrations begin is the best way to make sure that everyone gets home safely. Many community businesses sponsor designated driver incentives such as serving DD’s free non-alcoholic beverages while friends celebrate with alcoholic drinks.

If you have consumed alcohol or used drugs, don’t hesitate to call a friend or family member to give you a ride home. Your loved ones would much rather be inconvenienced than learn that you’ve been involved in a tragedy. Call a taxi or use public transportation – just don’t drive your vehicle. The risks just aren’t worth one bad decision.

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