December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities account for nearly one third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S.

In 2018 10,511 people died as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes. Drugged driving is also becoming a major problem. Whether it’s alcohol or other drugs, im-paired driving is impaired driving. December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month, reminding us to continue to communicate with communities the dangers of impaired driving. Learn more about drunk and drugged driving on NHTSA’s website and find prevention materials on Traffic Safety Marketing.

The holiday season is here and while people are celebrating with family and friends we want to make sure everyone drives sober. There are two campaigns happening during this time.

  • The first is the holiday season, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Campaign, running November 29th thru December 10th.
  • The second is, NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over paid media campaign running December 11, 2019 thru January 1, 2020. The enforcement mobilization paired with this campaign will begin on December 13, 2019 and conclude on January 1, 2020. Utilize the enforcement marketing materials in your efforts to prevent drunk driving and reduce related fatalities.

Impaired Driving Prevention Resources

  • The National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) has developed a toolkit for DWI and drug courts to assist in prevention efforts through-out the month. The kit includes creative event ideas, sample press re-lease, social media content, and more. Find the toolkit here.
  • National TSRP Webinar Series: Overcoming Defense Challenges in Impaired Driving Cases - Tuesday, December 17th at 2pm (EST). Learn how to anticipate and effectively respond to defense theories and practices in impaired driving cases. This webinar will cover multiple con-siderations for law enforcement and prosecutors to help create more powerful case files and ensure effective prosecutions of Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI) cases.

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