In December of 2012, President Obama designated December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and invited families, educators, health care providers, and community leaders to promote responsible decision-making and encourage young people to live free of drugs and alcohol.
Why do we recognize National Impaired Driving Prevention Month?
In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk, and 10 million Americans drive impaired by illicit drugs.
A 2010 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that 13.2 percent of all people aged 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol and 4.3 percent drove under the influence of illicit drugs during the past year.1
December seems particularly suited to this observation because traffic fatalities that involve impaired drivers increase significantly during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.2
- On average, 25 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes per day during December 2010.
- Young adults are among those at greatest risk for driving impaired. During December 2010, drivers 21 to 34 years old were alcohol impaired and involved in fatal crashes at a higher percentage than any other age group.
To bring awareness to this month, the CHF SGA has staged a crash scene in the front of the school (underneath the marquis), using a car that was involved in a drunk driving accident. Please be mindful of your actions when driving this holiday season.
– Email sent from Ms. Akilah Benons