This December has been named National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month. The entire month this year will be used to raise awareness about the seriousness of drugged and drunk driving and the devastating consequences that can follow.
Serious DUI Statistics to Consider:
- An average of 30 million drunk drivers in hit the road in the U.S. every year.
- 10 million American drivers get behind the wheel impaired by drugs every year.
- Every day, nearly 30 people die due to vehicle accidents involving an impaired driver.
- 57% of fatally injured drivers reportedly had drugs or alcohol in their system.
President Obama Speaks On DUI & Drugged Driving
President Obama recently made a statement about the National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. He introduced the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which will be taking place from December 6 through January 1, 2016. This initiative, like National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, is aiming to bring more awareness to the dangers of DUI and drug-impaired driving. The initiative will also aim to prevent such accidents from occurring moving into the New Year.
Obama gave a proclamation on the matter, saying, “Impaired driving puts drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk, and each year it claims the lives of thousands of Americans. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to preventing these incidents by acting responsibly and by promoting responsible behavior in those around us.”
Preventing DUI This Holiday Season
While the holiday season typically sees a spike in DUI and drugged driving, there are some helpful steps for preventing DUI accidents this year.
For example, make sure you never get behind the wheel after drinking by designating a non-drinking driver for the evening—especially when heading to a holiday party. If you are going to drink and plan to drive yourself home, it is important to leave yourself plenty of time between the night’s festivities and getting back in your car.
It is also important to prevent your friends from driving impaired as well. Take their keys away or agree to take the night off from drinking if you think they may be tempted. Call them a taxi or give them a ride home if possible. Lastly, if you plan on hosting a holiday party, keep your guests responsible. Offer plenty of hearty snacks and non-alcoholic beverages if you plan to have alcohol available as well.
Take part in National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month by following these helpful safety tips and encouraging others to do so as well.