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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
By MADD | December 5, 2011| 3 Comments | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Drunk Driving

December has been designated National Impaired 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 asked all Americans to “recommit to preventing tragedy before it strikes by ensuring our family members and friends stay safe, sober, and drug-free on the road.” Click here to read the proclamation. (Read more about our partnership with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and our Drugged Driving Initiative here).

The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways, and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes.  During December 2009, there were 753 people killed in traffic crashes that involved a drunk driver.

MADD has these tips to help ensure everyone’s safety this holiday season:

  • Designate a sober driver before celebrations begin;
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol the last hour of the gathering;
  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21;
  • If you’ve been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Remember, impaired driving crashes are 100% preventable. Do your part this holiday season by choosing not to drive impaired and help others do the same. 


   

Comments

Submitted by n291829 at 06:17 PM on November 8, 2012
Cannabis becoming legalized in Washington State is going to open up major issues that will need to be addressed. I am a Chemical Dependency Professional, and it has become clear that no one really knows the can of worms they have just opened up. No one challenged legalization of cannabis. No one talked about the potential medical problems we will begin to see before we voted it legal. Another issue is how will the State monitor DUIs due to the fact that cannabis stays in the symptom so long. How about employers. How can you monitor if your employees are coming to work under the influence? Insurance will sky rocket. Please let me know how this is working for you.
Submitted by LeaONeal at 05:33 AM on December 16, 2011
On the morning of September 10, 2008 while visiting Atlanta on business, I was injured in a 5-car DUI crash. The defendant and I have yet to go to court. Over the last 38 months, I discovered that on April 19, 2008 the same man crushed a young 21-year old worker between two vehicles at a BMW dealership in Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Investigation discovered 5 narcotics in his body at the time of the incident. Georgia must do more to punish persons who use illegal drugs and drive. Thank you.
Submitted by lifechanger at 08:16 PM on December 6, 2011
For as long as madd has been around I am so shocked and suprised know one and or all has started a patition to close down all bars and all sales of alcohol in stores in the st.clair county.. Lets make difference, make in a dry county.Let people vote at local libray and push this issue.

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