‘Tis the Season
December is a special time for families and friends to get together to share the magic of the holiday season.
Statistically, however, December is one of the most dangerous months for driving. In fact, the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s sees an increase in traffic fatalities across the US of approximately 34%.
The Numbers are Down
Over the last two years, the stats have dropped off due to the pandemic but now that people are headed out to gather with friends and family, we expect a significant spike once again.
In the US someone dies every 51 minutes in a vehicle crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. And someone experiences a serious injury every two minutes.
Driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs is increasing at an alarming rate. 4,000 drivers are killed each year due to drug-related accidents. When alcohol and drugs are combined, it is lethal.
Statistics aside, the mental agony from these deaths is incalculable. And injuries, disabilities, and such losses associated with impaired driving is one of the public health issues that is highly preventable.
December has been designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. It is a time to raise awareness of the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Since 1981 drunk driving fatalities are down 41%, in part due to tougher laws and stiffer penalties. But we are here to remind you to celebrate safely this holiday season. We must continue to be vigilant and take responsibility for ourselves and those we care about.
Give the Gift of Sober Driving
Take the keys. Call a rideshare. Walk. Or stay in and share a toast with someone you love. ❤️ Just don’t get behind the wheel.
Your friends at International AutoSource are asking you to please celebrate responsibly.
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