President Obama has declared December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and with good reason. After all, the number of accidents caused by drugged and intoxicated motorists is likely to increase as we reach the end of the year.
The President recently issued a proclamation stating that December would be marked as National Impaired Driving Month. Federal agencies are also getting involved in the efforts to keep intoxicated and drugged drivers off the streets. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is kicking off its annual campaign Drunk Driving: over the Limit. Under Arrest.
As part of the campaign, thousands of police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country at both the state and local levels, will be involved in implementing sobriety checkpoints and other efforts aimed at keeping drugged or drunk drivers off our roads.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30 people are killed every day on an average in the United States in a drunk driving accident. In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-related car accidents across the country. That translates into one third of all traffic accident-related fatalities in the country that year.
Also, in 2010, more than 1.4 million motorists were arrested for drunk or drugged driving. These persons were either driving under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of drugs, including marijuana. However, as car accident lawyers found in a recent study, in California, the number of persons driving under the influence of drugs is much higher than the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol.
Both activities are likely to spike over the next few days, as the holiday season begins. Motorists will now have to deal with not only an increased number of drivers on the road, but also more numbers of impaired drivers.
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