December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
Talk to your teens about impaired driving as we reach the end of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. December typically sees an increase in deaths from impaired driving, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve (source).
In the United States, about 29 people die each day due to drunk driving and about 800 people are injured (source).
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers. In 2020 alone, 2, 738 teens (ages 13-19) died in a motor vehicle crash. Teens ages 16-17 years old are at the greater risk (source).
50% of teen motor vehicle crash deaths occur over the weekend and are most likely to occur between 9pm and midnight (source).
Talk to your teen about the risks of impaired driving and help them develop a plan so that if they do drink, they do not drive and what to do if someone they are with wants to drink and drive.
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