As the holiday season continues, communities and safety organizations remain dedicated to promoting safe driving techniques nationwide. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) member State Highway Safety Offices, for example, are working with law enforcement officials and other community partners to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
Their efforts to enhance safe and sober driving is especially important during the holiday season, for it is one of the most dangerous time of year on the roads. With millions of people on the road and unpredictable winter weather conditions, motorists are already at great risk while they travel to their holiday destinations. Adding impaired drivers to the dangerous and congested roads can turn the situation from risky to fatal.
During the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which lasts from December 10-31st, more than 800 people lose their lives in vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver. According to GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins, impaired driving contributes to one-third of all highway fatalities.
Though the primary focus of the safety programs is to reduce drunk driving, another growing issue the GHSA is working to address is drug-impaired driving. In attempt to decrease the number of injuries caused by drug-impaired driving, GHSA is working with states to provide research and recommendations on how to prevent it.
Whether it is from alcohol or drugs, or a combination of the two, driving under the influence puts the driver and other motorists on the road in danger, stressed Adkins.
The holiday season is a time for love and celebration, but it is also a time for caution and safety so that everyone can enjoy it. With millions of people on the road traveling long and short distances to spend time with family and friends, we need to be extra careful.
For tips on safe driving this holiday season, check out AAA’s Winter Driving Tips here.