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"National Impaired Driving Prevention Month"

December 8, 2017

Did you know December is “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”? This includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, the holidays and drunk or impaired driving go hand in hand.

Last week President Trump spoke about the impaired driving and here is a passage from his proclamation:

“On average, every 50 minutes, a person in the United States dies in a vehicle crash involving alcohol. We have seen too many lives cut short by impaired driving, and too many drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk every day. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we reemphasize that impaired driving is never acceptable. We recognize that we can eliminate impaired driving through our choices, and we pledge to make the right choice by driving sober.”

If you would like to continue reading the President's proclamation click here.

Besides the immediate loss of property or life, impaired driving can be a costly headache that lasts on your insurance record for up to 7 years and 10 years in California! You can be paying marginally higher on your insurance premium monthly. Some insurance companies can require for you to pay the amount due in full! Once you have a DUI on your record, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to truly shop around or be able to take advantage of promotions. The fees and red tape for “high-risk” drivers are substantial and diminish your options.

A lot of the risks, financial or physical, can be easily avoided by making smart choices.  Arrange for a designated driver if you plan on drinking at a party or call a taxi.

Our ability to safely drive a motor vehicle can also be impacted by drug use, including medical marijuana and prescription drugs.  When you drive drunk or drugged, you aren’t just putting yourself at risk, you are endangering anyone else who is in your vehicle and everyone else on the road. Be aware of your choices and the effects it can have on your future.