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December labeled National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Posted On Mon, December 7, 2009

Along with the threat it poses to lives, driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol can lead to higher auto insurance rates for everyone.

In order to combat the practice of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, December has been designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 people in the U.S. die every day as the result of vehicle crashes involving alcohol. Also, about 700 people are injured each day from such crashes.

The CDC also notes that a cost of $51 billion is associated with alcohol-related crashes every year.

In order to increase awareness, the CDC has posted a number of suggestions, including making sure people pick a designated driver before taking part in holiday celebrations. Furthermore, people should prevent people who are intoxicated from getting behind the wheel of a car.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, all 50 states and the District of Columbia define impaired driving as having a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent. Furthermore, all states also have zero-tolerance laws regarding drunk driving for those under the age of 21.
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