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Cincinnati, OH (December 20, 2018) – The holiday season is here, a time of year for parties and gatherings with friends, family and coworkers. Often these festivities include alcohol, resulting in some partygoers finding themselves impaired with no safe ride home.
AAA is urging drivers not to make the holiday season deadly on our roads by driving while impaired.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 885 people nationwide lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December in 2017. From 2013 to 2017, there were 4,110 people killed across the country in December crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).
In the first 11 months of 2018, there were 288 OVI-related fatal crashes resulting in the deaths of 311 people, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
In addition, data shows that motorists driving while impaired (under the influence of medications, drugs and alcohol) caused more than 11,000 crashes in 2017 resulting in 246 fatalities and 5,124 injuries on Ohio roads.
December has been designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, to help bring attention to the dangers of not only drunk driving but drugged driving as well, which has become a growing risk on our nation’s roadways. Drivers need to remember that alcohol and illicit drugs as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications could impair their ability to drive safely.
“AAA is sending this timely reminder to not get behind the wheel of a car if you are under the influence,” said Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman. “As millions prepare to travel and celebrate with their loved ones, we urge everyone to do their part to prevent needless tragedies this holiday season on our roads.”
AAA offers the following tips to prevent impaired driving this holiday season:
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