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Officials and Organizations Work to Raise Drunk Driving Awareness

Chelcy Williams11 months ago

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and several organizations have initiated programs to raise awareness ahead of the holidays.

Campaigns and Awareness Events Launch Accross U.S.

In relation to this month’s cause, President Obama introduced the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Taking place from December 16, 2015, through January 1, 2016, the campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.

On Tuesday, MADD East Texas announced that they were partnering with Taco Bell to carry out an effort called “Tie On on for Safety.” The campaign allows residents to donate a dollar to MADD while purchasing food from the popular food chain.

Similarly, Uber partnered with AG and MADD in Soth Carolina to initiate the SC Smart Choice campaign in which Uber will donate $2 per driver that enteres the promo code SCSMARTCHOICE. The campaign began December 8 and will run into the new year.

Finally, MADD chapters accross the U.S. have begun hosting candlight vigils in memoriam of those who lost their lives this year to drunk driving.

Drunk Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by the Chicago Tribune:

  • On average, 30 million Americans drive drunk every year. Another 10 million drive impaired by illegal drugs.
  • On any given day, 30 people in the U.S. will die in drunk driving accidents – roughly one death every 51 minutes.
  • A 2013 survey found that 9.9 million people drove under the influence of illicit drugs within the past year. That is 3.8 percent of the population.
  • 57% of fatally injured drivers had alcohol and/or other drugs in their system – 17% had both. 


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