Washington — In response to the 10,000-plus lives lost in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in 2017 in the United States, President Donald Trump has declared December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
Through the initiative, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that it will continue to raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, whether drivers are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities last year, but are “100 percent preventable,” an agency press release states.
A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility found that 44 percent of drivers killed in crashes in 2016 tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs – up from 28 percent in 2006.
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