The holidays are officially over and now it’s New Year's resolution season! If you haven't nailed one down yet, all of us at Hupy and Abraham would like you to consider making a resolution to drive safely and unimpaired. Every weekend, on every occasion, no matter how short the trip or how few drinks you may have had, resolve to drive unimpaired.
Good company and good cheer are plentiful during the holiday season. But all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The holiday season is also one of the deadliest of the year due to impaired-driving crashes. In 2016, 10,497 people died in a drunken driving crash, a 1.7 percent increase from 2015. Exponentially more lives were forever changed by the loss of a parent, child, friend or loved one. It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, tired or drunk, they are impaired.
Remember that you can be impaired if you…
- Drive while sick. Even if you haven't taken medication, your illness can affect everything from your focus to your reaction time. If you are taking a new prescription drug or a higher dose of a current prescription drug, do not drive until you know what effect it has on your judgment, coordination and reaction time. Any effect could impair your driving ability.
- Drive while tired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year are caused by driver fatigue -- crashes that lead to more than 1,500 deaths and more than 70,000 injuries. Don't be part of the statistic -- don't drive if you're tired.
- Drive while high. Although many states have moved to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, it is important to note that if you drive while high, you are driving impaired and could be charged with a DUI. The NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database has found that 18 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug involvement.