Impaired driving goes beyond drunk driving (DUI), it’s an umbrella that also covers people who are driving drugged. Impaired driving is a problem that is on the rise. According to www.StopDruggedDriving.com a conservative estimate is one-of-five traffic accidents are caused by drugged-related driving.
December is a great month to raise awareness for impaired driving because of all the parties and road trips. It’s the perfect time to remind everyone you love to be on the lookout for impaired drivers and ensure they don’t ever get behind the wheel impaired.
Here’s how you can support National Impaired Driving month…
#1. Designated Driver – This is something we have heard many times. But the reason we hear it again and again is, it works. Always designate a driver who will stay sober and drug free.
#2. Support Safe Driving – Support your loved ones by letting them know they have access to a safe ride when they need it. Drunk, drugged, or both, people need to know they can get a ride and not have to drive.
#3. Report unsafe drivers – If you see an erratic driver or suspect an impaired driver, call 911 immediately. Your call could save lives.
#4. Spread the word – Share your support of National Impaired Driving month through social media. The more people who you reach, the more people who have the subject at the top of their awareness and the better chances of minimizing the 100% preventable tragedies that impaired driving brings.
#5. Reach out to a victim or a victim’s family. Find a local family who are victims of an impaired driver and see if they need a meal or just send them an encouraging message. You can usually find victims to help and support on www.GoFundMe.com.
Have a safe and fun holiday season! For more information and ways to support awareness about impaired driving check out www.MADD.org.
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