National Impaired Driving Prevention Month 2012

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.

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 2010, 25 people were killed in drunk driving crashes per day on average.

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 urges all Americans to “make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to preventimpaired driving.”

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

  • If your plans involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash. Designate a sober driver, Give the Gift of a Designated Driver®, or arrange another safe way home.
  • If you’ve been drinking use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Your actions may save someone’s life.
  • Always buckle up, drive with caution, and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report a suspected drunk driver. Just because you made the right decision to drive sober, others on the road may not have.

No one thinks that their holiday celebration will end in tragedy. But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case. Drunk driving deaths and injuries are 100% preventable, so do your part this holiday season by choosing to drive safe and sober and help others do the same.

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Spiff December 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hey Guys, I've been reading these posts and, while I agree that many of Andrew's comments are a little extreme, the last few sentences in this post are pretty much on the money. Just my two cents. OK, go ahead, get back to arguing!
Maria Giannuzzi December 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
What some on the far right do not appreciate is that the United States has never been "great." It has been a work in progress from its very beginnings. It has done harm and it has done good things. DUI checkpoints, if conducted by professional and ethical police officers, can serve an educational purpose, as well as catch drivers with revoked/suspended licenses and registrations, no insurance, or those with outstanding warrants. We wait in line at the supermarket or department store during the Christmas season and at other times. We are willing to wait in line to purchase an iphone or a video game. It is not too much to ask to be delayed 10 or 15 minutes at a checkpoint. For most people, education and peer pressure will stop them from drinking and driving. Alcoholics and drug addicts are different. They will need technology and other means to stop them from driving.
Spiff December 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Please Maria, stop having the puppet master pull your 'far right' string! If you were really reading the comments and not just spouting your rhetorical BS talking points, then you'd have known that people like Andrew was comparing the checkpoints to Nazi style search tactics, AND YOU CAN'T GET MORE FAR RIGHT THAN the Nazi's now, can you!
Tin Foil Hat December 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Dirk Langeveld December 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
All right, time to close this circus down. I'm shutting off comments.


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