National Impaired Driving Prevention Month Raises Awareness Through the Holidays
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama declared December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. By doing so, he encouraged Americans across the country to reflect on the dangers of drunk and drugged driving and reminded everyone to drive sober lest they risk causing preventable accidents or being arrested by increased law enforcement presence.
As we near Christmas and the New Year, it’s important to remember that this is a crucial time period for alcohol-related incidents on our road. Many people are wrapping up their work weeks, getting ready for vacations, and hitting the road to travel. As a result, the roads become congested – often with holiday revelers who’ve celebrated with too much drink.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the period just before Christmas and through New Year’s Day is one of the worst for drunk driving when it comes to arrests, accidents, and injuries. Here’s what’s being done to combat this:
- Increased awareness – December is National Impaired Driving Awareness month, and advocacy groups will increase their efforts to remind Americans about this message as the holiday and New Year quickly approach. Additionally, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation often publish news releases to remind the local community about increased DUI enforcement efforts and why it’s important for residents to avoid driving impaired.
- Increased enforcement – Increased DUI enforcement accomplishes two things. First, it allows authorities to handle what is usually an increase in impaired drivers on the road. Second, it creates high visibility of police and other agencies that aggressively enforce DUI laws, which can significantly impact the views and actions of local residents.
Ultimately, it is in your best interests to not get behind the wheel after drinking – not just because it can help you avoid arrest, but also because it can save you from hurting yourself or those around you. Unfortunately, accidents and arrests do occur, and in those situations legal representation often becomes a necessity. That’s why our team of Reno attorneys at Joey Gilbert Law are available to help anyone who needs legal assistance this holiday season.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and New Year and we make ourselves available 24/7 should you need our service – whatever it may be. If you have a case you wish to discuss, contact us today for a FREE and confidential consultation.