December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention MonthDecember is a month people look forward to all year. It’s a time to kick back with loved ones and really relax, so inhibitions tend to be dropped and people tend to get a little careless, especially about drinking and driving. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 32,000 people were killed in vehicle crashes in 2011, and almost 10,000 of those crashes were related to drunk driving.

Even one drink can increase the risk of crashing, because being in a ‘buzzed’ state can be just as dangerous when you’re behind the wheel as being over the legal limit. That’s why December is the perfect time of year to host National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month – not only does it draw attention to how little you need to consume before your ability to drive is impaired, it also highlights how your impulsive decision to drive after drinking can mean the difference between life or death for yourself and others.

During the period of 2007 to 2011, over 14,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during the month of December alone. This December, keep your family and others safe by saying no to driving, even after one drink, and always appoint a designated driver if alcohol is involved in your plans.