During the holiday season we enjoy celebrating with family and friends. Before you spike that eggnog, Safety Center would like to remind you to drive sober. The holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, are some of the most dangerous days of the year on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually. In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – one every 51 minutes. That is 802 fatalities in California alone. NHTSA also reports that 38 percent of all drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in California in 2012 tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs, a percentage that has been increasing every year since 2006.
Just in time for the holidays, MADD launches its longest running and most visible public awareness project, Tie One On For Safety®, which began in 1986. Although a drinking phrase, MADD uses it to remind everyone that drinking and driving don’t mix and spread awareness by tying on a red ribbon.
Safety Center has long supported MADD’s efforts to reduce impaired driving. We encourage everyone to join us by reminding your loved ones to hang up the keys and stay out of the driver’s seat if drinking or using drugs, even prescriptions. To join MADD’s Tie One On For Safety, click the slogan. Thank you for helping us raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving this holiday season by sharing this message and Tying One On For Safety!
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