December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on roadways due to an increase in impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drugs (for example, marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths, while drunk driving accidents account for 31 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. Thousands of drivers and passengers lose their lives each year because of drunk and drugged driving.
Most people would never imagine that their holiday celebration could result in a fatality or imprisonment, but the risks associated with driving while impaired are very real and can result in tragic consequences for everyone involved.
If you are traveling, going to parties or going out with friends this holiday season, have a designated driver or arrange for a ride home. Remember, you are committing the crime of impaired driving whenever your ability to operate a vehicle is impaired by effects of illegal drugs, prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, or a high blood-alcohol concentration.
Drink responsibly, drive responsibly and encourage family members, friends and co-workers to be safe and responsible drivers for the holidays and beyond.
Accidents caused by driving under the influence are, of course, totally preventable. The City of Westworth Village Department encourages you to act responsibly this holiday season, this new year and every year to follow, commit to act responsibly and drive safely.