In the year 2012, December was designated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Impaired driving is classified as being in control of a vehicle when you’re not in a sober or focused state. This month is intended to bring awareness to the tragic epidemic that kills thousands of people every year. In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk and 10 million Americans drive impaired by illicit drugs.
Both of my parents thankfully survived, but there were some costs for everyone involved. Not only did the driver experience jail time and tremendous guilt, but both my parents were negatively impacted. My mother had gotten serious injuries to her leg and her back, forming some PTSD as well. My father had to sell his beloved bike, scared that the next ride could be his last.
Before you decide to get behind the wheel intoxicated or drunk, consider the lives you’re putting in danger. Commemorate this month by making the smart decision to not drive under influence and avoid putting blameless lives in danger.
“Driving under the influence of anything is a choice of yours, and steals the choice from the innocent people that you share the road with. It isn’t a question of if it could destroy lives, but a question of when.” – Jennifer Hart, victim of a drunk driving accident, 2018
To learn more about the horrific reality of impaired driving visit: https://www.madd.org/the-problem/
To get tips on how to avoid driving impaired: “Ways to Prevent Drinking and Driving.”State Farm. https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/safety/ways-to-prevent-drinking-and-driving
To learn the laws regarding impaired driving in your state: “Alcohol and drugs.” Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute. https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/laws/Ignition-Interlock
To read the Presidential Proclamation designating December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: Obama, President Barack. “Presidential Proclamation – National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.” 2016. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/30/presidential-proclamation-national-impaired-driving-prevention-month
To learn how the legal system handles the offence of impaired driving: Bechtel, Keith. “Driving While Impaired: Confronting Defense Challenges and Guidance for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors.” New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2013. http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/ebookviewer/ebook/bmxlYmtfXzY2NjE4MF9fQU41?sid=323e9cfc-b80e-4e1a-9a70-f770551ec58f@sessionmgr4006&vid=1&format=EB&rid=2