December is National Impaired Driving
Prevention Month
Keep it Safe During the Holiday Season!
The holiday season is upon us, which means more adults will be consuming alcoholic drinks and in higher quantities. This time of year also puts more people on the roads, as they travel to see family and friends, near and far. It makes sense, then, that this season becomes one of the most dangerous times of the year for alcohol-related
accidents and fatalities.

One factor that contributes to increased drinking is the amount of stress that tends to accompany the holidays, and more people unfortunately turning to alcohol in an attempt to ease that pressure. Another major reason drinking spikes is because there are simply more opportunities to drink socially due to the various parties.

Depending on where you live, this time of the year can also bring dangerous road conditions. Adding alcohol to the mix is no doubt dangerous and, far too often, deadly.

SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You substance use prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. Short, frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child's decisions about alcohol.

During the Christmas and New Year holiday periods, we typically see an increase in drunk-driving deaths, and that's why you'll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The campaign, which runs December 18-January 1, aims to educate people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk.

Parents Who Hose Lose the Most can help to educate parents from your community. This media campaign includes informative resources about laws regarding social hosting. In addition, stickers, information cards, and posters are available with the campaign to spread awareness to community members. The Know! Parent Tip provides factual tips that adults can use to keep themselves and those around them safe!