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.