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MADD Wants You To 'Tie One on For Safety' and Designate a Driver

A message about drunken driving during the holiday season and resources for safe rides home

From Mothers Against Drunk Driving:

The time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day includes some of the most dangerous days for drunk driving deaths, and the national numbers are getting worse in recent years — as annual drunk driving deaths have decreased, there has been an increase in the proportion of drunk driving deaths around the holidays. On average in 2010, 31 percent of highway fatalities were caused by drunk driving. However, fatalities spike dramatically over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

  • The proportion of people killed in drunk driving crashes (.08 BAC and above) over the Thanksgiving holiday (includes the day before and the weekend following Thanksgiving) spiked by 30 percent in 2010* compared with the rest of the year.
  • The proportion of drunk driving deaths over the Christmas holiday (includes Christmas Eve and the surrounding holiday weekend) in 2010 increased by 14 percent compared with two years prior.
  • New Year’s Day is the single most dangerous day of the year, with 78 drunk driving deaths in 2010 — an 178 percent increase over an average day.

“These aren’t just numbers to those of us at MADD SF Bay Area who see on a daily basis the heartache and devastation caused by drunk driving crashes. These are family, friends, co-workers and neighbors,” said Jody Iorns, MADD San Francisco Bay Area. “That’s why we’re urging Bay Area residents to Tie One On For Safety and plan ahead for a sober designated driver if they’re going to celebrate with alcohol.”  Here are some quick links for you:

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Tim December 11, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Peter Griffin: Who's sober enough to drive? Peter Griffin: OK, who's drunk, but that special kind of drunk, that you're a better driver because you know you're drunk. You know the kinda drunk that you probably shouldn't drive but you do anyway, because... come on, you gotta get a car home, right, I mean what do they expect me to do? Take a bus? Is that what they want? For me to take a bus? Well screw that! You take a bus! Cleveland: I'm that kind of drunk.
Liz Taylor December 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I am glad for the increased enforcement and efforts by MADD. I only wish that the consequences for impaired driving were significant enough to get through to folks who apparently don't care if they take out someones family or loved one with their car. Perhaps something like a minimum $15k fine, 30 day car impound, and revoked drivers license on the first offense might help.
Teri Huntington December 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Capitola Village has a Heroes program for people who drink too much alcohol and should not drive! For the price of a cab they put their foldable electric scooter in customer's trunk and drive his car. Voila, problem solved. Teri H.

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