“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” according to the old holiday standard but also the deadliest for drunk and impaired driving crashes. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), fatal crashes during the holiday season jump due to increased drunk and impaired driving.
For more than 35 years, every American President has officially designated December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The unnecessary spike in fatal crashes corresponds with more people on the road out celebrating with alcohol, driving buzzed, drunk or impaired.
More deadly accidents caused by drunk and impaired drivers occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of the year, making it the deadliest season of all on U. S. roadways. More than 40,200 Americans were killed in 2016 due to drunk and impaired driving crashes, with 2017 projected to exceed 2016’s staggering death toll. That’s almost 100 fatalities a day!
We need to share the personal responsibility to choose wisely before getting behind the wheel of a car or allowing a loved one or friend to drive while drunk or impaired. Here is how to choose wisely this holiday season.
Local and state law enforcement officials will also be cracking down on drunk and impaired driving during their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety and awareness campaign in December. More police will be on the roadways from December 12 through 31 in an effort to bring awareness to and prevent deadly accidents due to, drunk and impaired driving.
You can also face a claim against you for civil damages and criminal penalties if you choose to drive drunk or impaired, especially if you cause an accident where people are injured or killed. Why take the chance of ruining a wonderful holiday season, not to mention your own life or others’ lives, by ignoring the risks of drunk and impaired driving? Driving drunk or impaired affects not only you, but also your own family, and the families of others involved. So, spread the holiday cheer with proper planning and precaution to ensure the safest and happiest of seasons!