Cheer is in the air as the holiday season approaches. Just don’t overlook increased risks of being out on the road! As you head to Aunt Judy’s Christmas dinner or Bob’s Ugly Sweater Party, it is increasingly important to drive safely.This time around, take a safe trip with Santa’s elves as they follow the cement road to his workshop. You’ll learn how (and why!) to stay away from dangerous driving practice.
Infographic courtesy of Road Traffic Signs
The holidays should be a time for celebration, not tragedy. NHTSA has compiled these facts for you to keep these facts and more in mind while you’re behind the wheel this holiday season.
- In December, an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. That means that for approximately 775 families, a typically joyous celebration ended in disaster.
- In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
- In December 2010, almost 1 out of every 4 cards involved in a fatal crash had a drunk driver behind the wheel.
- In December, 60% of fatal crashes between midnight and 3 a.m. involve a drunk driver.
Before you head out for to celebrate this holiday season, be sure to follow these simple steps to ensure your holiday celebrations don’t end in tragedy –or get you put on Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list:
- Plan ahead; be sure to designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Even one drink too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
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