Each day, approximately 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver impaired by alcohol use. Last year, over 1.5 million people were arrested for driving drunk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, impaired driving will affect at least 33 percent of American men and women during their lifetimes.
December is National Drunk Driving Awareness month. Driving while impaired causes thousands of deaths in this country every year, but thankfully, there are effective measures that can be taken to help prevent these tragic occurrences.
- It is important to actively observe and enforce drinking laws. These include the existing 0.08% blood alcohol content (BAC) laws and minimum legal drinking age laws. Zero tolerance laws for drivers younger than 21 should be enforced in all states.
- For those who drive while intoxicated, their licenses should be immediately revoked.
- Attendance to mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment is to be required of impaired drivers.
- Health promotion efforts should be put into practice to influence policy, economic, organizational, school, and community action.
- Sobriety checkpoints should be utilized whenever possible.
- Community-based approaches for prevention are vital in preventing drunk driving. With the cooperation of the community, there can be more efficient prevention and control of alcohol abuse.
There are also things you can do as an individual to prevent the effects of drunk driving. When you plan on drinking while socializing, always designate a sober driver beforehand. If one of your friends drinks too much, never let them attempt to drive. Take their keys until they are able to safely drive home. If you have been drinking, order a taxi to take you home.
Educating the community and using common sense are vital parts of preventing future deaths due to drunk driving. At ProPartnersMD, we are committed to the preventive approach to health. To learn more about our services, contact us at (877) 342-7709 or check out our website.