December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day almost 30 people in the U.S. die in crashes from alcohol-impaired drivers. Approximately one person dies every 48 minutes.
In 2010, nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities were from alcohol-impaired driving crashes and according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2011 there was a decrease in drunk driving fatalities; however, in the past year, for the first time in six years, drunk driving deaths increased by almost five percent.
December is a month of holidays and celebration and it is also one of the busiest times for roadways. Drunk driving is especially common during the holidays. Here are tips on how to spot a drunk driver:
- Excessive tailgating
- Weaving across the road
- Almost striking objects, curbs, or other vehicles
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Inconsistent signaling
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Illegal or abrupt turns
If your holiday celebrations involve alcohol, here are some plans provided by the CDC so you don’t drive home after drinking:
- Designate a non-drinking driver before any drinking
- Take the keys away from your friends who are impaired
- Call a taxi or get a ride home if you have been drinking
- If you are a host/hostess of a party where alcohol is served, remind guests to designate a driver and provide non-alcoholic beverages for them
Help make this December and the winter holidays a fun and safe time for all.
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