National Drug and Drunk Driving Prevention Month

head-on collision floridaDecember marks National Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month. Both the public and private sectors work together to prevent impaired driving-related crashes. With the holiday season in full swing, many people celebrating the holidays will enjoy some type of alcohol. Whether it’s with family and friends or coworkers, alcohol consumption increases dramatically over the holidays. While having a drink is a common behavior, the consequences of drinking or using drugs and driving can leave devastating consequences – from injuries and financial loss to fatalities.

Holiday Drinking and Driving Stats

The holiday statistics pertaining to drug and drunk driving over the holidays illustrates the seriousness of the problem.

  • An average of 27 people per day die in December from alcohol-related crashes (drivingschool.net)
  • Drunk drivers are a factor in over 40% of traffic deaths over Christmas and New Year’s (U.S. Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
  • Over the 2015 holiday season, there were over 1,200 alcohol-related deaths (Guardian Interlock)
  • 42% of traffic stops on New Year’s Eve involve drinking at driving (Guardian Interlock)

Although holiday drinking and driving is very serious there are proven effective interventions.

Effective Interventions

Large-scale media campaigns are most effective in reducing impaired driving. In addition to media campaigns, other effective interventions include:

  •  Sobriety Checkpoints
  • Alcohol Level Concentration Laws
  • Minimum legal drinking age laws
  • Zero Tolerance Policy towards youth
  • Classroom-based approaches to riding with drinking drivers
  • Server intervention training programs for establishments that serve alcohol

Drinking or using drugs and driving is a major problem. Those wishing to have a drink at a holiday party or other venue should always make sure to have a designated driver when leaving. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or even fatality from an accident involving another driver drinking or using drugs and driving, you should seek experienced legal counsel.

Who to Call

The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience in personal injury law. Our 6 offices located in Southwest Florida are conveniently located in Fort Myers (2 offices), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.