December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

The month of December is one of the most anticipated of the year. This time is spent gathering with friends and family. It is also a time where prevention can be especially crucial. Statistics say that the month of December is one of the deadliest months for impaired driving. This month reminds us to share the dangers of impaired driving with communities around us. 

Since 1981, every president in the United States has proclaimed December as National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, but more recently, it has became National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to create awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. 

If you are planning on traveling during the holidays and have been drinking, do not operate a vehicle. It could cost you or someone else their life. Think before you act. 

December is national impaired driving prevention month

Alarming Statistics

  • Over 10,000 American lives are lost to drunk and drug impaired driving each year.
  • In 2020, more than 11,654 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the U.S
  • In 2020, the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers (BAC of .08 or higher) were drivers between the ages of 21-24 (6%).
  • In 2019, 11% of Americans drove under the influence.
  • In 2019, 19.6% of Americans aged 21-25 drove under the influence.
  • 27 people die daily due to a drunk driving accident in the US
  • 45 people are killed each day by an alcohol-impaired driver during the months between Thanksgiving & New Years Day.

How Can We Change These Statistics?

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the country throughout the month of December by encouraging drivers to take personal responsibility before getting behind the wheel. 

The Department of Transportation is also partnering with State and local agencies and non-profits to educate the public through its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different media campaigns. 

We can all raise awareness in our communities by committing to stop avoidable traffic deaths and keeping America’s roadways safe by driving sober, helping others get home safely, and supporting fellow Americans who are struggling with substance/drinking abuse.

  • Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver and arrange for alternate routes home to drive defensively.
  • Remind your loved ones how important it is to be responsible and stay safe behind the wheel.
  • If you are hosting a gathering, always offer non-alcoholic beverages for your guests so they can still have a good time!
  • If you have been drinking, use a ride app/taxi service, or call a friend, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you know someone who is about to get behind the wheel while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements.

Seek the help of a car accident attorney

If you or a loved one was injured because of the negligence of another driver, contact our lawyers today. Let an experienced car accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. 

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