December contains two of the most dangerous times for impaired driving: the Christmas holiday and the New Years holiday. This makes December an opportune time for a public education effort about impaired driving. Hopefully, with a reminder about the dangers of drunk driving, more motorists in Philadelphia and surrounding communities will make the smart choice not to drive after having too much to drink.
A personal injury lawyer can assist victims of impaired driving in pursuing a damage claim in these complex cases. But prevention is the key to ensuring everyone has a safe, joyous holiday season. Tragically, that will not be the case for far too many.
December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month
According to True Car, President Ronald Reagan designated December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month back in 1982. In 2010, President Barack Obama renamed this month National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Obama changed the name, in part, to also draw attention to the issue of distracted driving.
During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, motorists are reminded about some of the big risks of driving while intoxicated. For example, each year in the United States, around 600,000 people are injured in crashes involving people who have consumed too much alcohol. Around three in 10 Americans will have some type of direct close encounter with a deadly drunk driving crash.
Drunk driving causes a death every half hour and an injury every two minutes on average, and around 41 percent of the car accidents in the United States involve a driver who has consumed too much to drink. There is a higher risk of crashes involving impaired driving on Thanksgiving, on and around Christmas, and on New Years Eve. In 2010 alone, for example, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported 96 deaths in the days immediately surrounding Christmas attributed to impaired drivers. There were another 143 fatalities related to impaired driving in the days immediately surrounding New Years.
Preventing these crashes is the goal of National Impaired Driving Prevention month, and some of the different steps to take to reduce the chances of a crash happening include:
- Drivers should create a plan before they start drinking for how they are going to get home at the end of the night. It is a good idea to have a designated driver, but also to have a backup plan such as the phone number of a taxi company in case something happens like the designated driver becomes unavailable or decides to imbibe.
- Party hosts should make sure that their guests make a safe choice. Party hosts should ensure that their intoxicated guests stay over or have a way home. They should make non-alcoholic beverages available for designated drivers who attend events and they should stop serving alcohol beverages an hour or so before people will begin to leave the party.
If everyone does their part to stay sober and reduce the chances of drunk driving crashes, fewer people will lose their lives over the 2014 holiday season.
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