National Impaired Driving Prevention Month takes place in December every year. Unfortunately, driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a major problem in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 28 people die every day because of impaired drivers. The agency claims that 22% of Kansas and 26% of Missouri car accident fatalities were caused by drunk driving in 2018. Numerous government agencies and charitable organizations hope to lower the number of wrongful deaths caused by impaired driving by spreading awareness during National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
How Does Impaired Driving Lead to Car Accidents?
Alcohol and drugs affects the body and mind in numerous ways. Substances with depressant effects, such as alcohol and marijuana, slows brain function, motor skills, and reaction time. Stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine cause people to drive more aggressively and recklessly. Even prescription drugs may have side effects that can impair your ability to drive optimally.
Any substance that affects the way you drive, whether they act as a depressant or stimulant, is a potential danger to yourself, your passengers, and other drivers. There are times when you’ll have to make a split-second decision while driving and alcohol or drugs can affect your ability to make the safest decision.
Impaired driving is a real problem. Every injury and fatality caused by an impaired driver is preventable with smart decision making. The goal of National Impaired Driving Prevention month is to educate people on the effects of driving under the influence and what to do to prevent those situations from arising.
Impaired Driving Prevention Month: Learn What to Do to Avoid DUI Situations
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have serious consequences. In addition to the potential for causing property damage and serious injuries such as spine and brain injuries, you may face hefty fines, lose your drivers license, or face jail time. Be sure to familiarize yourself with DUI and DWI laws in Kansas and Missouri to learn the seriousness of these offenses.
If you plan to go out and know that you’ll be partaking in alcohol or drugs there are many things that you can do to keep yourself safe from impaired driving. They include:
- Having a sober friend serve as designated driver for the night
- Using public transportation
- Taking a taxi
- Taking a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber
- Asking your doctor if your medication can affect the way you drive, especially when combined with other substances
If you notice that a friend or family member is in no condition to drive then you should consider:
- Asking for their car keys so that they don’t drive off
- Ordering them a rideshare or taxi
- Letting them sleep in your guest room or on your couch
Some people drive impaired because they make poor decisions while drunk, while others do so because it’s selfishly convenient. Remember, driving is not a Constitutional right; it’s a privilege. Abusing the privilege by driving impaired could result in harming or killing another person, as well as criminal, legal, and financial punishment.
Don’t let a bad decision or self choice result in a DUI or DWI. It’s not worth the risk.
Contact Patterson Legal Group
The team at Patterson Legal Group hopes that you use Impaired Driving Prevention Month to learn how to avoid impaired-driving situations, reinforce what you already know, and teach your friends about this grave issue. By being responsible, smart, and prepared, we can eliminate deaths and injuries caused by impaired driving.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by an impaired driver, don’t hesitate to contact Patterson Legal Group. Our representatives are available to assist you 24/7, even on holidays and weekends. Our team of highly skilled legal professionals are committed to winning you the highest compensation possible and have thousands of extremely satisfied clients. Give us a call today at 888-687-2400 or reach us through the Internet using our secure online form or LiveChat features. Let us take care of all your legal needs so that you can focus on your health and recovery.
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