December Is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

beer_taps_74820431-300x199A signed proclamation by President Obama in 2010 designated the month of December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in an attempt to focus on preventing drunk and drugged driving in the U.S. With the holiday season and the end of the year quickly approaching, festive holiday parties and celebrations will be in full swing the next several weeks, making it an excellent time to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and the consequences of an arrest. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a person is killed every 52 minutes, on average, in a drunk driving-related crash each year and every 90 seconds a person is injured.

The organization also notes that approximately one-third of drunk driving problems in the country, such as arrests, injuries, and fatalities, come from repeat offenders. Essentially, this means that each time a driver is behind the wheel, he or she is potentially sharing the road with 2 million people who have three or more drunk driving offenses.

The key to preventing a serious drunk driving accident and a possible arrest begins with you, so if you will be attending a seasonal celebration this month, designate a driver before the party begins or program the numbers of local cab companies in your phone to ensure you have a safe ride home.

If you plan on being a party host, plan a safe celebration including non-alcoholic beverage options for guests and try not to serve alcohol the last hour of the gathering. Also, be prepared to help others stay off the road if they have been drinking by allowing them to stay at your home, if possible, or by helping your guest arrange a sober ride home.

In the event that you may be facing a drunk driving charge this holiday season, please immediately call a skilled drunk driving defense lawyer at Alpert Schreyer for assistance. Facing a drunk driving charge can be extremely frightening especially if you do not know your legal rights. Our legal team will work to ensure your rights are protected, make sure you understand not only your rights but the possible consequences you may face, and advise you how we can help you with your case. Call (866) 444-6363 for a no cost consultation today.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.