December 8, 2009, is the kick-off for National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month:
The observance highlights the fact alcohol and drug-related highway accidents and fatalities annually rise during the Holiday season. It promotes public awareness and enforcement programs that curb drunken driving. Alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounted for 41 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2007, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. North Carolina is fifth leading state in automobile fatalities. Do what you can to prevent crashes due to drinking and driving by responsible hosting, providing food and non-alcoholic beverages, and planning celebrations accordingly. Young people are particularly vulnerable to social pressures, however, adults and seniors often find it difficult to avoid making poor choices at holiday time. A happy holiday is a healthy and sober one!