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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Join us in raising awareness for National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month - don't drink and drive, it's not worth the risk!
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December 1 marks the beginning of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month! This important month is dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, and encouraging people to make responsible decisions. It's been a tradition since 1981, when President Ronald Reagan declared December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in order to reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities. So let's join together this December to spread the message that drinking and driving is never okay!

History of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of the Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Ronald Reagan declares December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month to combat alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>MADD, a nonprofit organization aiming to stop drunk driving, is founded giving a major boost to the cause.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Zero Tolerance Laws</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Transportation Equity Act is signed into law, mandating zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21 in all 50 states.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Reduced BAC Limit</div><div class='timeline-text'>Congress mandates a national legal limit of .08 BAC for drunk driving.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ignition Interlock Laws</div><div class='timeline-text'>Many states begin implementing ignition interlock laws for all drunk driving offenders, not just repeat offenders.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a walkathon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a walkathon in your community to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. Make sure to have plenty of signs and banners to remind everyone about the importance of sober driving.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer with MADD</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Volunteer at a local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter. Help out by organizing events, volunteering your time, or donating money to help create safer roads.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Start a conversation</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Start a conversation in your community about the dangers of drinking and driving. Talk to friends, family, and coworkers about the risks and how you can all work together to keep each other safe.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a PSA</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create a public service announcement to spread the message about drunk and drugged driving prevention. Use social media, billboards, or any other resources you have access to to get your message out there.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a pledge</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the pledge to never drive while impaired. Encourage your friends and family to do the same and make an active commitment to help keep your community safe.</p></div></div>

Why National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It saves lives</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Drunk and drugged driving is one of the leading causes of deaths due to car accidents. By encouraging people not to get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs, we can help prevent needless tragedies from occurring.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It keeps our roads safe</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not only does drunk and drugged driving endangers the life of the driver, but it puts other people at risk as well. We all share the roads, so by reducing instances of impaired driving, we make them a much safer place for everyone.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It spreads awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Drunk and drugged driving prevention month helps to spread awareness about this important issue. By increasing public knowledge about the dangers associated with impaired driving, we can hopefully reduce the number of people engaging in such activities in order to keep everyone safe on our roads.</p></div></div>

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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month FAQs

When is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month?

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month is celebrated on December 1 every year. In 2024, the month will begin on a Sunday.

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Dates

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Day

2023

Dec 1

Friday

2024

Dec 1

Sunday

2025

Dec 1

Monday

2026

Dec 1

Tuesday

2027

Dec 1

Wednesday

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