Reminder: December is Impaired Driving Awareness Month
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.