The holiday season is a special time for family and friends to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. While many of these celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, it is imperative for people to think twice before getting behind the wheel. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows an increase in DUI-related incidents in the month of December, and as such, increases the risk of traffic accidents. In an effort to bring awareness to this problem, President Obama proclaimed December 2014 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
“All Americans deserve to live long and full lives, and every child should have the chance to seize his or her future. But throughout our Nation, too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk—it threatens the lives of passengers and all others who share the road, and every year it causes the deaths of thousands of loved ones. This month, and especially during the holiday season, we dedicate ourselves to driving safely and responsibly, and to promoting these behaviors among our family and friends…To help save lives, States and local communities across our Nation will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 12 to January 1, reminding all Americans of their important responsibility… This holiday season, all Americans can drive responsibly and encourage their loved ones to do the same, including by designating a sober driver or making alternative transportation arrangements.” – President Barack Obama