Celebrating the Holidays: National Impaired Driving Month

The month of December is a month of celebrating the holidays with friends and family. Sadly, the increased festivities also mean an increased number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Driving impaired is a deadly choice that often carries deadly consequences.

According to the NH State Troopers Association, "To date, this year New Hampshire has experienced 87 fatal crashes resulting in 91 fatalities. With so many motorists traveling to attend gatherings and get-togethers with family and friends, it's important to reiterate and keep in mind, that most crashes during this holiday season are related to impairment. We want everyone to understand that saving lives on New Hampshire roadways is our top priority and we need everyone's help. This is a great time to remind drivers to be responsible motorists."

There are many ways to be a be a responsible motorist: download a rideshare app or number for a taxi service, have a designated driver, plan how you are going to get home before you go out, don't text and drive, and pay attention when operating a motor vehicle.

It is important to also be a good bystander, don't let your friends or family get behind the wheel and become another statistic. This will ensure that you have many more holiday seasons to celebrate with this person.

The festivities are meant to be enjoyed, but always drink responsibly, and never choose to drive impaired. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Happy Holidays from everyone at the Partnership for a Drug-Free NH.

Rideshare and Safe Driving Resources:

If you need to leave your car at a NH Park and Ride or need information about the NH Rideshare program click here: https://www.nh.gov/dot/programs/rideshare/

There are several apps you can download to your phone to make sure you get home safe:

SaferRide: National Traffic Safety Administrations app that helps keep drunk drivers off our roads by allowing users to identify their location and call a taxi or friend to pick them up.

Uber: A location-based app that makes hiring an on-demand private driver easy, dependent on Uber drivers available in your area.

Lyft: Another location-based app that makes hiring an on-demand driver easy, dependent on Lyft drivers available in your area

Taxi: Look up and add local taxi services in your contacts before you leave, ensuring regardless of internet connection you will have the information available.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an addiction-related crisis, call the NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line at: 1.844.711.4357 (HELP)