A major focus of NCAST is promoting awareness of safety issues specific to younger motorists.
Teen drivers are especially at risk on the roads, with vehicle crashes the leading cause of death in America among those under 21.
The inexperience and impulsiveness of teen drivers is a significant reason for their high crash rates, making important the safety features of the vehicles they drive as well as getting plenty of supervised driving practice.
Even one drink can begin to impair your driving ability. To make this holiday season safer, NHTSA urges everyone to plan ahead, especially when celebrating the holidays, and to never drive drunk or high. Instead, designate a sober driver, use public transportation, or call a ridesharing service or cab to make sure you get home safely.
LIVES LOST IN DECEMBER ACCIDENTS INVOLVING AN IMPAIRED DRIVER
DOLLARS IN FINES & LEGAL FEES FOR THE AVERAGE FIRST-TIME DUI
OF THESE ACCIDENTS INVOLVED DRIVERS WHO WERE LEGALLY DRUNK
Consider these common sense precautions:
- Plan your safe ride home before you start the party, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
- If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home.
- If you drink, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, a ride-hailing service, or a sober friend.
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
- Always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
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