Impaired Driving

Reminder: December is Impaired Driving Awareness Month

Impaired Driving

A Reminder to Stay Sober Behind the Wheel

December is Impaired Driving Awareness Month, which is doubly important this holiday season. As New Year’s Day approaches, it’s important for all drivers to make sure to keep impaired drivers off the road. Of course, this doesn’t just involve yourself. If you see or know anyone considering getting behind the wheel while cognitively unable, make sure to stop them.

Many drivers tend to think of impairment as solely having to do with alcohol. However, as research and crime stats consistently show, this includes the use of other drugs as well. This includes a variety of recreational and prescription drugs, including sedatives. Many common prescriptions intended to help people sleep are major causes of DUI, such as Ambien. All of this combined leads to some of the highest proportions of impaired driving arrests and fatal accidents.

First Coast News reported on the important distinction. In fact, considering the heavy cost of drunk and impaired driving, this is something all drivers should pay attention to.

A Serious, and Often Fatal Issue

Drinking and driving, as well as other impaired driving crimes have a large human toll. California leads the nation in the number of overall drunk driving accidents. The state ranks at the top with 1120 such accidents, with Florida second at 839. As a result, due to the dual holidays of Christmas and New Year’s, December makes total sense as the awareness month. For all of us attending holiday parties and more, make sure that you keep the roads a little safer. You, your kids, and all of us will be very appreciative for it.

The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys APLC cares deeply about these issues– one drunk driving accident is too many. That is why Ehline Law sponsored a MADD walk in Carlsbad and supported efforts to end drunk driving in California once and for all.

Car Accident Stats

Drunk Driving on New Year’s: The Statistics

One of the Deadliest Days on the Road of the Year

Unfortunately, for drivers the day of celebration is also one of the most dangerous of the year. WFMD reported that between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in 2018, 285 people were killed on America’s roads due to drunk driving.

Car Accident Stats

According to KTUL, Mississippi is the state with the most fatal accidents on New Year’s Day. In their list, these states ranked in the top five:

1. Mississippi
2. Oklahoma
3. South Carolina
4. Wyoming
5. Texas

Furthermore, the National Safety Council estimated that 150 people may die on the nation’s highways due to drunk driving this New Year’s season. As if that wasn’t serious enough, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that of all fatal accidents between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, a full 40% are due to drinking and driving.

Each one is unacceptable. Each one is a life lost. In fact, the safest thing to do is to stay home on New Year’s, whether you had a drink or not. If you have been drinking, there is no reason to get behind the wheel. If you haven’t, then the risk is that someone else on the road has been. Either way, it is a bad bet to head out once the ball drops. The safest thing would be not to play Russian Roulette at all.

Learning More about New Year’s Drinking and Driving Accidents

For more info on drunk driving accidents, read more about it on the Ehline Law blog. One fatal accident due to drunk driving is far too much. We’ve seen terrible accidents before. The strain it causes on families. The guilt and the shame. We will do everything in our power to prevent other tragedies on our nation’s roads. For more info on this topic and more, keep reading our site for regular updates.


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