The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (aka 3D month).
The holidays are celebratory times. Unfortunately celebration in excess often leads to drunk-driving related accidents. According to the CDC, 36 people die and 700 are injured each day in the United States as a result of drunk driving. Drunk driving isn’t just an occurrence in the United States; it’s seen all around the World. Sometimes, the consequences can be even harsher in foreign countries, even if you’re a tourist and just visting. For example, you can view the consequences of drunk driving dubai here, and compare it to how you’d be punished if you were to be caught in the United States.
In a recent study, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 30% of Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident sometime in their lives. In 2006 32% of all traffic-related deaths were caused by drunk driving. Alcohol-related accidents cost a total of $51 billion each year in the United States.
It is because of such statistics that the CDC has initiated its nationwide “3D Month” campaign. The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of drunk-driving related traffic accidents by spreading awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence.
Here are a few tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones from drunk driving:
- Always plan ahead before attending a holiday party. Appoint a designated driver you can trust to drive you home safely at the end of the night.
- If a friend is planning to drive impaired, take the keys. He/she will thank you in the morning.
- If you are hosting a holiday party, provide your guests with non-alcoholic beverages, and make sure everyone leaves with a sober driver.
- Under Minnesota Dram Shop Laws, bars, restaurants, and companies that hold holiday parties can be held responsible for alcohol related accidents that result from their neglect.
Nobody wants a DWI arrest or accident, especially this time of year. Adhere to the above tips and promote safe driving not only this month, but year round.