December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
Since President Reagan in the early 1980s, every President of the United States has demonstrated the commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month or more recently, National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
This month is designated as a time to raise awareness about the consequences of impaired driving. In his issuing proclamation President Obama asked all Americans to “recommit to preventing tragedy before it strikes by ensuring family and friends stay safe, sober and drug-free on the road.”
Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes!
To help ensure safety, law enforcement across the country is stepping up their enforcement efforts on roads and highways this holiday season when more people driving under the influence.
MADD’s Tie One On For Safety red ribbon campaign, now in its 26th year, is the organization’s longest running and signature public awareness project. Each holiday season drivers across the country display MADD red ribbons on their vehicles as a pledge to drive safe and sober. The ribbons also signify support for law enforcement officers, who will be out in force as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Follow these tips to ensure the safety of all drivers and passengers this holiday season:
- Designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin.
- Do not serve alcohol to or allow anyone under 21 to consume alcohol.
- When planning parties, provide a variety of non-alcoholic drink choices to your designated drivers and guests under 21 years of age.
- Stop serving alcohol during the last hour of your celebration.
- Be prepared to get everyone home safely.