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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Plan ahead!! – Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving

I’m writing to you on behalf of the Ad Council and the U.S Department of Transportation to ask for your help in preventing drunk driving fatalities during the holidays.

The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. But it’s also a time to make sure you are keeping the ones you love safe. Whether you’re at a holiday gathering or a New Year’s Eve bash, many of our social plans involve driving.

According to the National Safety Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the period between Christmas and New Year’s typically has one of the highest rates of impaired driving fatalities.

Fatalities related to drunk driving are 100 percent preventable and the spike in buzzed driving around the holidays is especially alarming.
  • In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for more 31% of the total motor vehicle traffic facilities in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in 37% of traffic fatalities during the Christmas holiday period and 44% of traffic fatalities over New Year’s – making the winter holiday seasons one of the deadliest times to be on the road.
  • Buzzed driving can cost around $10,000 in fines, legal fees and increased insurance rates.
 Ring in the New Year safely and PLAN AHEAD!   Designate a sober driver before you go out this year.

Just for a moment, think about a different set of consequences than previous drunk driving ads: the actual financial cost of being pulled over for driving buzzed. These costs–between fines, rising insurance costs, lawyer fees and more–could total over $10,000.
Visit to sign the pledge to NOT drive buzzed and learn more about buzzed driving and the dangers that can come with it.

Spread the word #BuzzedDriving.IS Drunk Driving.

Be Responsible.


ann thompson said...

An excellent message. Sadly there are far too many people who will ignore the messages this holiday season.

Emma said...

Mom doesn't drink and we stay home on New Years. Hope everyone stays safe!

easy rider said...

I hope no one will drive a car after welcoming the new year with bubbly water and beers... that's the worst thing on earth, hope all know their limit and have the number of a taxi service in their pockets....

Pip said...

We usually stay in on New Year's to avoid the crazies on the road. Such an important (and sobering) post. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe everybody!

BeadedTail said...

Good info! We'll be enjoying our nip at home so so buzzed driving here!

Earl Lover said...

Brilliant and important information.

HuskyCrazed said...

You are so right! That stuff scares the crap outta me!!! I wish people would have more sense!

ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Lindsay // The Flynnigans said...

People shouldn't have to be reminded, but they are. Thank you for this. Happy New Year to you and yours! Kisses and licks from the Flynn Kids. xo

Two French Bulldogs said...

That's right you tell'm!! This is very important
Lily & Edward

Elaine said...

Great reminder. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 2016! :)

Chef Sasha said...

Great advice and Happy New Year!!

Ziggy Out!!