With the holiday season upon us, we want to remind everyone that December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Supported by advocacy groups like Mothers Against Driving and the National Safety Council, its goal is to raise awareness about driving under the influence. Throughout the month, people are encouraged to make responsible decisions that reduce alcohol- and drug-related car accidents and fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 37 people lose their lives each day in drunk driving crashes in the United States. That is about one death every 39 minutes. Just one drink can have effects – a 0.02 blood alcohol content (BAC) can cause a decline in visual functions and decrease the ability to perform two tasks at the same time. At 0.08 BAC, a driver will have problems with coordination, information processing capability, and perception.
Other Substances Impair Drivers
Although the sale and use of cannabis and cannabis products is legal for New Jersey residents ages 21 and up, it should not be used before or when driving; it can impair one’s ability to drive safely. As with alcohol, these drugs slow reaction times and coordination and affect judgment. Having more than one drug can amplify the effects of each. Certain over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs also produce effects like dizziness and drowsiness.
Tips for Preventing Drunk and Drugged Driving Accidents
This is the time of year when people are out celebrating at holiday parties, restaurants, and bars. Planning for the possibility of drunk and drugged driving ahead of these events can help prevent accidents and save lives:
- Have a designated driver or use a rideshare service if you plan to drink. You should know how you will get home before leaving your house.
- Plan to stay overnight instead of driving home after an event. This is for your safety and others who will be out on the roads.
- If you host a party, monitor who drinks and do not serve alcohol to guests under age 21. Should someone seem unfit to drive, do not let them leave without a safe ride to get them home or offer to let them sleep over.
- Know where your children are going and drive them or arrange a rideshare. Tell them they can call you no matter what if they need help.
Drunk and drugged drivers are out on the roads at all times, so be extra vigilant. If you see a vehicle swerving, going too slowly, or a driver doing aggressive or awkward maneuvers, increase your distance as much as possible. If you suspect they are under the influence, pull over somewhere safe and contact the authorities.
A Mount Holly Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman Can Guide You After a Collision
This December, we invite everyone to spread the message that drunk and drugged driving is dangerous. If you have been involved in any serious car accident and need legal help, a skilled Mount Holly car accident lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman can help. Call 856-751-2345 or complete our online form for a free consultation. Located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, we serve clients in Burlington County and the surrounding areas.