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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Tennessee residents have much to look forward to in the month of December, from going to holiday office parties to spending time with their family and friends. A serious injury in a drunk driving crash should never be one of the memorable events of the holiday season.

Unfortunately, collisions involving intoxicated drivers during the holidays have become such as pervasive problem that the White House has designated December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Why during the holiday season? People tend to drink more during holiday festivities, whether at a bar, a restaurant, the workplace party or the homes of relatives and friends. Unsurprisingly, many people choose to drive home when they should not be behind the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in 2015, 840 people were killed in the United States in December in drunk driving crashes. People may still enjoy alcohol during the holidays and make wise decisions to protect themselves and others, including the following:

  • Designating a sober driver
  • Also offering non-alcoholic beverages at parties, taking the keys from guests who are drinking, offering them a safe way home or letting them stay overnight
  • Deciding ahead of time to limit one’s alcohol intake
  • Calling 911 when observing a driver who is showing signs of impairment, such as running stop signs and driving erratically

A drunk driving crash can tragically change a person’s or family’s life in an instant. Those who are injured by intoxicated or negligent drivers may be entitled to seek compensation.

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