There is plenty of media focus on impaired driving around the holidays.  In fact, I started this post back in December and decided to wait until after the New Year to release it.  Although the major holidays are over, impaired driving is something that occurs everyday.

MADD has tips to follow for pre-planning your celebration, including:

  • Designate a sober driver before celebrations begin.
  • Provide non-alcoholic drink options to guests.
  • Do not serve alcohol the last hour of the gathering.

Stop Impaired Driving has “Thought Starters for Promotional Activities” including templates and tools to promote road sobriety.  Ideas to work with local establishments including malls, theaters, bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores to send the message “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”.  Check out NHTSA and MADD on additional resources and ideas – at any time of the year.

Safe driving is primarily a choice.  It is a decision that happens before the vehicle is started.  If there are any doubts regarding someone’s ability to drive, it’s unlikely that the individual should operate a vehicle.  Although design improvements in both highways and vehicles have decreased the likelihood of an accident, the operator needs to be alert and able to control the vehicle.

In Emergency Services, we deal with the poor decisions people make while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Occasionally the events are humorous, but more frequently the circumstances are serious or fatal.  The majority of drivers are safety conscious, yet there are too many citizens who don’t “get it” and they don’t care to.  It’s a sad view of our job security.
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Posted by Dave on January 9, 2009 | Permalink & Trackback