Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month – In the wake of recent events Select Insurance group has initiated the “Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month” in an attempt to raise understanding about impaired driving, as well as inform our customers of the changes made over the holiday seasons by the President.
During the 2015 holiday season the President Barrack Obama swore an oath under presidential proclamation to declare the month of December as “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”. The event was proclaimed by President Barrack Obama on the 31st of November 2015 to be held annually during the month of December. The holiday season is the most dangerous time of year for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, with an average of 25 deaths per day recorded each year. The event has been appropriately set to run concurrent with a previously established government program, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled over Campaign” which was enforced by law enforcement agencies from 16th of December to January 1st. As part of our “Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Program”, we are encouraging our customers to adopt this new mandate as part of their future holiday seasons celebrations.
It may be too early to determine whether the first annual National Impaired Driving Prevention Month has made a full impact on safety throughout the country, it is however raising awareness. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled over Campaign was initiated in 2011, and has become a familiar feature of the holiday season. The Campaign is held nationwide, law enforcement agencies are mobilized in force to set up check points randomly along our nation’s roadways. Officers operating theses checkpoints are required to determine the driver’s sobriety with a greeting and a few simple questions, if the officer suspects the driver is impaired, a breathalyzer test is administered, if found to be above the established limit the driver may be subject to arrest and incarceration. This program has become an effective measure since it was launched, similarly the newly established event should follow suit. In upcoming years we hope to see reductions in statistical values as a consequence of the new national mandate, as well as our own. As an insurance provider, saving lives equals saving losses. Select Insurance Group provides high risk insurance at a premium to our customers, any reduction in statistical values could lead to savings for our clients in the long term, so we are encourage all of our customers to get involved.
Select Insurance Group provides several services for high risk drivers. As we do not discriminate against those who may have an impaired driving record, we do encourage our customers to participate actively in related prevention programs regardless of personal history.
Some of these programs may enable such a person to repair their driving reputation, if not with regards to our services, then among their peers and in the community. Those who have been convicted have always maintained greater conviction with the prospect of redemption to be considered. We once again implore everyone to get involved and accept the challenges that awaiting. For those who may not have access to any prevention resources or find themselves in an impaired situation; which can range from alcohol consumption, prescription medications, drugs, exhaustion, and even anger, then you can always call a friend. Even if your friend is unable to assist you with transportation, he or she may still be able offer advice or send help to prevent you from driving by whatever means necessary.
Overall the best tool in the fight against impaired driving is communication, and education. Hopefully this initiative has inspired you to take the next step and become an active member of a fast growing vast community of concerned citizens committed to the prevention of impaired driving.
There is a multitude of nationwide, and localized organizations providing resources such as “Mothers against Drunk Driving” or MADD, an organization that has been raising awareness for many years, and has become the most recognized, not only in the United States, though internationally as well. To help everyone get involved, a series of references has been listed to keep you informed of recent updates concerning prevention efforts. Thank you for reviewing this article and remember to drive safely, and drive sober.
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