During this hectic time of year often the best self-care is to remain safe and arrive at your destination safely.
National Drugged & Drunk Driving Prevention Month began in 1981, the month of December selected, recognizing the risks of drunk and drugged driving. The span between Thanksgiving and New Year turns out to be a dangerous and deadly time. The highest rate of fatal car accidents occurs in this time span. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drugs (notably, marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths while drunk driving accidents account for 31 percent of all driving accidents. The worst news, however, is that thousands of drivers and passengers lose their lives each year because of drunk and drugged driving.
Here are ways to stay safe during this celebratory time:
- Designate a sober driver
- Host a party at home instead of at a restaurant or bar
- Hold your friends and family accountable
Around this time of year, there is plenty of public awareness of drugged and drunk driving. We will also be hearing a good deal of slogans like “You booze, you cruise, you lose. …Stay Alive, don’t drink and drive…Drive Hammered. Get Slammered.”
We know you will.