National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Dec 13, 2017

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Count 50 minutes, a person now has died of an alcohol related vehicle crash. Driving impaired by alcohol or even by drugs such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal drugs puts the lives of others you encounter at risk. It’s not worth the risk.

  • In 2016, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes
  • In 2012 at 4.2 million American adults reported having driven impaired by alcohol at least once during a 30 day period.
  • 28% of motor vehicle traffic fatalities were caused by alcohol-impaired driving in 2016.
  • There were 1,233 children killed by drunk-driving crashes in 2016.

President Trump proclaims December 2017 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

Being a Responsible Driver

What can you do to help decrease the problem? Follow the list below to a "T". It’s not worth the risk to others. A vehicle can be a deadly weapon. Be a responsible adult. Call a taxi, sober friend, or take an Uber or Lift.

1. Before your first drink, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver
2. Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
3. If you have been drinking, call a taxi or ride service.
4. If you're hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
5. Always wear your seat belt - it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

How police prevent and reduce drunk driving:

Drunk driving laws nationwide make it illegal to drive 21 years and older with a BAC (blood alcohol content) at or above 0.08%. For drivers under 21 years old a zero tolerance law makes it illegal to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system. 

Sobriety checkpoints allow police to briefly stop vehicles at specific, highly visible locations to see if the driver is impaired. 

Find out more on the risks and solutions to drunk and drugged driving. Missed last week’s blog post on Backing Up Safely, click here

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