December has been designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. In issuing his proclamation, President Obama urges every American to “drive sober, buckle-up, and avoid distractions while driving. If we take these actions and encourage those around us to do the same, we will save thousands of lives and keep thousands of families whole.” Click here to read the proclamation.
The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways and also a particularly deadly time due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads. During December 2012, 830 people were killed on our roadways in drunk driving crashes.
With the recent news that drunk driving deaths have increased for the first time in six years, we need every concerned citizen to help prevent this 100-percent preventable tragedy; we need to end this violent crime.
No one thinks that their holiday celebration will end in tragedy. But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case. If your plans involve alcohol this holiday season, make sure to plan ahead for a safe way home with a non-drinking designated driver and help others do the same. And always remember to buckle up, drive with caution and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report a suspected drunk driver. Just because you made the right decision to drive, others on the road may not have.