Did you know December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month?

The White House has signaled its concern about the crime of impaired driving.

You might not know it, but the President has recently called attention to the problem of drunk and drugged driving in this country by marking the calendar. He has proclaimed December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

The proclamation begins by stating that “No person should suffer the tragedy of losing someone as a result of drunk, drugged, or distracted driving.”

December has been chosen for this action because it is a month that sees all too many impaired driving incidents. A combination of severe weather in some states, combined with a plethora of holiday parties and social gatherings during which alcohol is served, sets the stage for a dangerous season.

The proclamation, however, concerns more than just December. “Drunk drivers kill more than 10,000 people annually,” the text goes on to say, “and about one-third of traffic deaths in the United States involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit.”

The proclamation urges all Americans to “make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving.

The White House doesn’t specify what those are, but they would certainly include:

  • Never drink or use drugs and drive.
  • Plan ahead by organizing a designated driver or a ride if you are drinking
  • Never let anyone else drive impaired
  • Put away your phone and other distractions when driving

The proclamation is here. The document refers to sites about preventing distracted driving, drunk driving, and drugged driving.

Impaired driving kills 10,000 Americans each year. That certainly justifies National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and it makes it a worthy cause for both President Obama and all of us to support.