December is Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month: Celebrate and Enjoy the Holidays – in Moderation!

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month - Enjoy/Celebrate the Holidays – In Moderation

By Lisabeth Schuetz, Corporate Communications Coordinator

December 22, 2022

The holidays are the time of year where we travel near and far to be with loved ones. There are family gatherings to be at and holiday parties to attend. Eggnog, mulled wine, and champagne toasts are all part of the fun, but then it hits you – how will you get home?

December marks National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. According to the NHTSA, about 32 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every day. This number tends to increase around the holidays, with New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day being the biggest night for DUIs. Just one drink can lead to slower visual functions and ability to focus on two things at once.

Not only is driving while impaired dangerous, but it can lead to serious financial consequences. The national average car insurance rate for drivers with a DUI will increase by 74%. So before you get behind the wheel, ask yourself: ‘Is it worth it?’

While you’re in the driver’s seat to control your own actions, you can’t always control the poor decisions of others.  Protect yourself from drunk and drugged drivers with these tips!

1. Buckle Up! Seatbelts are proven to reduce the chances of a crash being fatal. Make sure you are fastening your seatbelt every time you hit the road.

2. Avoid Late Night Driving: If at all possible, avoid driving late at night or in the early morning hours. This is typically when intoxicated people get behind the wheel.

3. Be a Designated Driver: By offering yourself as a designated driver, you are automatically protecting others from a possible drunk driver.

Be proactive and save lives!



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