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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The month of December was chosen for this initiative due to the increase in travel and impaired driving each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. As the holiday party season approaches, several agencies are joining forces to keep the roads safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission are coordinating an annual campaign to target impaired drivers and help keep motorists safe.
The campaign highlights a constant police presence with the goal of deterring people from drinking and driving. Many law enforcement agencies across Louisiana will schedule additional officers to saturate roadway patrol efforts and to conduct checkpoints for seat belt usage and impaired drivers.
With an extra focus on advertising, motorists will hopefully think before they drink. If you see a driver that appears to be impaired, contact your local law enforcement. When communities know that law enforcement is extra committed to catching drunk drivers, it encourages extra pairs of eyes on the road.
If you feel different, you drive different. Motorists should have a plan to get home safely BEFORE deciding to drink. Driving under the influence of drugs is also illegal and dangerous. Make sure you understand the effects of even prescription or over-the-counter medication as many drugs have the potential of affecting your ability to drive safely. For those motorists that are not using alcohol or drugs but must pass through inconvenient checkpoints, just remember that these stops help to save lives. Your cooperation during these checkpoints helps to keep things running smoothly.
Remind your family and friends of the importance of driving sober. Raising awareness for safety on the roadway is an important job we can all help with. The holiday season is merry and bright…until you look at drunk driving statistics during this time. Drunk driving crashes increase throughout the month of December as more people travel and attend events where alcohol is served. That is why every U.S. President since Ronald Reagan has proclaimed December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. We are here to help you keep the roads safer. Call (866) 447-8686 or contact us online for more information on our alcohol testing products and vehicle interlock devices.
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