The season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is traditionally one of the most deadly times of the year for impaired driving. As such, on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the Sugar Grove Village Board passed a resolution designating December as Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in support of local, state and national prevention efforts.
Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. Every day, almost 29 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. While drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades, drunk-driving crashes still claim more than 10,000 lives per year.
This holiday season, take steps to prevent drunk and drugged driving:
• If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
• If you drink or are under the influence of drugs, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation, etc. Download NHTSA’s SaferRide app from Google Play or the iTunes Store which helps you identify your location and call a taxi or friend to pick you up.
• If someone you know has been drinking or are under the influence of drugs, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home.
• If you are hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
• Always wear your seat belt—it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.