As we approach Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, let’s remember to drink responsibly and safely. Nobody likes to think about death during the holiday season, but it’s a reality, especially now with so many young teens engaging in binge drinking. In 2012, there were 10,322 drunk driving deaths, which is calculated to be one fatality every 51 minutes. Statistics show that every day in the United States, there are at least 27 drunk driving deaths. These gut wrenching statistics are the reality of this upcoming generation and America’s youth.
Drunk Driving Deaths: Statistics
It’s the shocking truth that drunk driving deaths are much too common these days, especially during the holiday season. Did you know that Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night of the year? It is also the biggest drunk driving night of the year, and is considered worse than St. Patrick’s Day. Car crashes are the leading cause of fatalities for teens and young adults, and unfortunately 1/3 of those are drunk driving deaths. Now, during this Holiday season, fears of drunk driving deaths are being expressed everywhere.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunk driving deaths spike around the holidays, and result in 52% of all fatal collisions blamed on alcohol.
Here are some ways to prevent drunk driving deaths:
- Make sure you have a DD (designated driver) lined up to bring you home safely
- If you don’t have a DD, call a cab
- Stay overnight in a hotel to prevent driving all the way home
- No matter how much you drank, don’t drive
- If you see or suspect a drunk driver, report them immediately to authorities
- Don’t let your family or friends get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking
National Drunk Driving Awareness Month
National Drunk Driving Awareness Month (NDDAM) starts this December, and focuses on both drunk driving deaths and the ever growing dilemma of driving while intoxicated on drugs. Together we can help raise awareness of drunk driving deaths and help prevent future unnecessary deaths as a result. Let’s make this holiday season the best by preventing drunk driving deaths. If you or someone you know tries to get behind the wheel intoxicated, call for help and save a life.Tags: Binge Drinking, Drunk Driving, DUI, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Recipe