Impaired driving is one of the main causes of accidents on the road and according to the recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control, US, one-thrd of all fatal car crashes in the U.S. are caused by alcohol impaired drivers.
The President of the United States has proclaimed December as the National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and it is a move geared towards highlighting the country’s commitment to safety and preventing impaired driving.
The Army Substance Abuse Program is spearheading a movement against the 3-Ds (drinking, drugged and distractive driving) during this holiday season and is urging drivers to keep in mind that they should refrain from impaired driving during or driving under the influence of alcohol or other forms of narcotics.
Drivers should keep in mind that you could be declared an impaired driver after any amount of alcohol or drugs enter the body. According to the CDC, after two drinks, a person has some loss of judgement and an altered mood. The only way to be sure your judgement has not been impaired is to not drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.
Through the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, States and communities across our country are working to increase road patrols and sobriety checkpoints, in addition to raising awareness and improving education on the dangers of impaired driving
The President directed everyone to “dedicate ourselves to driving safely and responsibly and to promoting these behaviors amongst our Family and friends.”
Keeping this directive in mind, ASAP reminds drivers to always wear your safety belt, don’t drive drunk or drugged, put your cell phones down while driving and finally, pay attention for other distracted drivers. “Drive sober, or get pulled over.”
The President notes in the proclamation that all of us can do our part to keep roads safe and prevent tragedies. As passengers, we can reduce our interactions with drivers and lessen distractions. As friends and family members, we can look out for loved ones who may be drinking and help them get home safely. And as citizens, we can always call 911 to report any dangerous driving we observe.