National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
Did you know that December is National Impaired Driving Prevention
Month? Every year since 1981 each President of the United States has
dedicated this month to educating the public on the dangers of driving
APHA, the reason for this is due to the period between Thanksgiving and
New Year's Day. This is described as one of the most dangerous times
on America's roadways. The roads are busier in those six weeks than
any other time of the year.
What is impaired driving?
Typically, the term impaired driving is known as driving under the
fluence or simply DUI; the terms can all be used interchangeably. A
DUI is classified as driving a vehicle while one's blood alcohol
content is above the legal limit. In all states, it is illegal to
drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Why is it important to recognize National Impaired Driving
Although it is a mouthful, it is important to recognize that people do
drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. On average there
30 million Americans
that drive drunk and
over 10 million
that will drive impaired by illicit drugs.
Every day almost 30 people in the United States die in a drunk
- Drunk driving claims more than 10,000 lives a year
29% of vehicle fatalities are due to drunk driving
The consequences of driving impaired range from misdemeanors to felony
offenses, depending on the state. A first-time offense can cost the
driver upwards of $10,000 in fines. Consequences can also include the
temporary loss of driver's license, an
SR-22 requirement, high insurance premiums, court-mandated
community service, and even jail time.
Alcohol and drugs do not go together with driving. Driving requires a
person's full attention and ability to make decisions while behind the
Be sure to have a designated driver or request a ride-share if you
know you will potentially be inebriated and unable to drive.