National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

President Barack Obama proclaimed December 2015 to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and urges people to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measure to prevent impaired driving.  

Drive Safely and Responsibly!

FACTS

  • Drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities, resulting in 9,967 deaths in 2014
  • Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually
  • Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse
  • Drivers at a breach alcohol level of 0.08 percent, the legal limit in every state, were about four times more likely to crash than sober drivers
  • In the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers were tested for a large number of potentially impairing drugs using both oral fluid (saliva) and blood samples. Marijuana (THC) was the only single category of drug for which study findings reached statistical significance.  

 

Resources:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drugged-driving

NHTSA Distracted Driving Video:  https://youtu.be/KAQzQgcnsEs

Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA):  www.ghsa.org

GHSA Drug-impaired Driving Laws, December 2015:  http://www.ghsa.org/issues/alcohol-impaired-driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):   www.madd.org; 24-Hour Victim Help Line:  877.MADD.HELP

Distracted Driving:  www.distraction.gov