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4 Tips to keep the roads safe during National Impaired Driving Prevention Month image

Driving Prevention Month 2018 Blog

The holiday season is a time for celebrating with loved ones. Unfortunately, those celebrations can lead to deadly crashes due to impaired drivers. Thanksgiving through News Year’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our roadways. During December 2017, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just as troubling, data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that almost 900,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 20 drove under the influence of alcohol last year. Because of the high number of impaired accidents in December, every president of the United States since 1981 has demonstrated the commitment to preventing impaired ...

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Pass the turkey, not the wine: Teen Drinking Risk is High During the Holidays image

Teen Drinking Thanksgiving

When we think of teen drinking, usually summer parties, prom, or graduation come to mind. But a time of high drinking that people might not think about is the night before Thanksgiving, or “Blackout Wednesday.” “It’s a day known for an increase in alcohol sales and a spike in people heading out to visit with friends before sitting down with family the next day,” according to MADD. “From 2012 to 2016, drunk driving crashes killed more than 800 people over the long Thanksgiving weekend, making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.” Some parents might think allowing their teen to have a sip of alcohol at Thanksgiving is a good way to “Take the mystery away” or “Teach them to ...

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