December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. With two major holidays and many people traveling, December can be a deadly month for drunk driving. National Impaired Driving Prevention Month intends to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. Impaired driving refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances that can restrict a person’s ability to drive.
Impaired driving is a critical public safety issue. The Illinois State Police, along with other law enforcement say to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you are impaired as that can cause traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission stresses the need for drivers to be responsible behind the wheel, especially during the holiday season when there is an increase in alcohol-related incidents on the roadways. The ILCC encourages everyone to plan alternative ways of getting home safely after enjoying holiday festivities. Don’t drive impaired—choose a safe option such as a designated driver, rideshare, taxi, or public transportation.