There is never a good time to drive drunk, and there is no safe way to drive while intoxicated without a significant risk of a drunk driving accident. There is a time to pay even closer attention to sober driving safety, though. Each December, the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (PTTC) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces that it is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month!
According to data compiled by PTTC and SAMHSA, more than 10% of all legal adults in the United States drove while intoxicated or impaired at least once in 2019. The worst drunk driving offenders belong to the 18-to-25 age demographic, who admitted to drunk driving at a rate of 15%.
Many people have “just one drink” before driving because they mistakenly believe it is safe or “safe enough.” This is not true. One drink is all it takes to impair a driver and spike the risk of a car accident. Each year, there are more than 10,000 traffic deaths caused by drunk driving, which means that someone dies to this preventable mistake every 50 minutes. National Impaired Driving Prevention Month challenges us all to do more to fix this statistic by stopping drunk driving in its tracks.
From our team at Carter Mario Law Firm in Connecticut, we ask that you do all you can to stay safe and be smart whenever you head out for the night with friends or family. As drunk driving accident attorneys, we’ve seen far too many lives ended and devastated because someone had a drink before getting behind the wheel.
Remember these fast tips about who you can help stop drunk driving:
- Always assign a designated sober driver when heading out. This driver shouldn’t have even one drink that night.
- Pre-install a rideshare app on your phone like Uber or Lyft, so you can easily hail a ride home if you need it.
- When hosting an event, be sure there are nonalcoholic beverage options available and encourage all drivers to enjoy them.
- Avoid driving after 1:00 AM if you can. During these late-night hours, drunk driving accident rates tend to increase noticeably.
We hope you will observe and honor National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Be sure to share this blog entry with your friends, family members, and coworkers, too.
If you need help after a drunk driver hits you, then please don’t hesitate to contact our firm. We have multiple law offices throughout Connecticut, so we make finding reliable legal counsel and representation easy.