National Impaired Driving Prevention Month 2012

The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways, and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes.

The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways, and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes.  During December 2010, 25 people were killed in drunk driving crashes per day on average.

December has been designated National Impaired Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  In issuing his proclamation, President Obama urges all Americans to “make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to preventimpaired driving.”

MADD has these tips to help ensure everyone’s safety this holiday season:

  • If your plans involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash. Designate a sober driver, Give the Gift of a Designated Driver®, or arrange another safe way home.
  • If you’ve been drinking use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Your actions may save someone’s life.
  • Always buckle up, drive with caution, and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report a suspected drunk driver. Just because you made the right decision to drive sober, others on the road may not have.

No one thinks that their holiday celebration will end in tragedy. But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case. Drunk driving deaths and injuries are 100% preventable, so do your part this holiday season by choosing to drive safe and sober and help others do the same.

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wantfrieswiththat December 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
that or be shot by Sarah Palin.
Kathleen Mitchell December 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Fred, I can imagine that any checkpoint that came up with one drunk driver and kept that particular driver from killing, mutilating or maiming any member of YOUR family should be considered "...an efficient allocation of resources."
Andrew Ziemba December 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
@ Kathleen I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees. If you believe even the slightest obedience to unconstitutional tyranny is acceptable, then you are part of the problem in this country, not the solution.
Tin Foil Hat December 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Ok. Back on topic Why exactly is drinking and driving a crime? Is the potential to cause a deprivation of rights a crime or must the rights be deprived firstly?
looney_bin December 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
What does a tin foil hat have to do with drunk driving? Poultin, you can mimic, plagiarize, and intimidate with the best of your cop bully friends. It will not change reality. You lost. You continue to loose, and you can't control your compulsive, dishonesty. Congratulations, you are the joke of Patch.
looney_bin December 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Cyberstalk much? You are a disgusting cyberstalking troll.
Kathleen Mitchell December 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Andrew Ziemba, I have been standing up to many forms of tyranny, including governmental, for a very long time. I have been arrested, jailed and in financial and other difficulties because of it. In all those years, I never found the time to spend hours posting online talking in generalities about conspiracies and the like. I was doing busy putting my beliefs into action. David Irons mentioned Googling you and you seemed to be offended. Feel free to Google me. I'm proud of the ways I've been able to help.
Fred December 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM
@ Kathleen Mitchell There are all kinds of things we could do to prevent a drunk "driver from killing, mutilating or maiming [a] member of [my] family," or anyone else's. For example, a device can be attached to a vehicle's ignition system that driver must breathe into before operating -- if the driver has been drinking, the car won't start. Courts sometimes require people convicted of DUI to install these devices in their cars. Every vehicle in the State could be required to be equipped with such a device, which would be far more effective than any roadblock preventing a drunk "driver from killing, mutilating or maiming [a] member of [my] family," or anyone else's. The problem is these devices cost tens of thousands of dollars, and, if required on every vehicle, every citizen would be required to pay to have the device installed on every vehicle that he/she owned. This would be a heavy financial burden on every vehicle owner. A balance must be struck between the risk to be avoided (here, drunk drivers), and the efficiency and cost of the counter-measure(s).
Fred December 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM
@Kathleen Mitchell (cont.) The fact of the matter is that these road blocks very rarely result in the apprehension of ANY drunk driver, and more typically yield only a handful of arrests for minor traffic offenses, e.g., expired driver’s license/registration, expired emissions inspection, etc. The costs are never disclosed, but I have observed that roadblocks typically involve 4 or 5 police officers (typically being paid overtime rates) for an eight-hour shift. Do the math. Citizens pay for this through their tax dollars. Private businesses make judgments like these every day. They assess the expense, effort, etc., of a certain measure, and the likely return on their investment. If we turned over DUI enforcement to a private company and paid them for every drunk driver that they got off the road, I doubt that they would use roadblocks on account of their inefficiency. They also are an inconvenience to the motoring public.
Tin Foil Hat December 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM
A Tin Foil Hat, aside being a svelte moniker, prevents unwanted psychic intrusions by erecting (parenthetically) a pseudo-faraday structure circumscribing one's cerebellum.
Bill December 14, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Is there a term describing one person who creates multiple profiles on patch under several different screen names, such as "looney bin", "pathetic", or "what is that smell" for the purpose of trolling? Seeing as there are quite a few names here that have all popped up to comment for the first time all speaking the same gibberish I think that's what is going on. Lets all just stop responding and feeding the trolls and they can go on their way surfin porn sites or whatever it is they do when they aren't high jacking threads and posting things that aren't even tangentially relevant.
Tin Foil Hat December 14, 2012 at 01:38 AM
And what's in a name? A troll without a bridge, and if that bridge is to the 21st century? Perhaps it's part of that brilliant Rt 11 project?
coffee December 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I see the multiple personality hypocritical troll is back. Project much, Bill/pig?
Daniella Ruiz December 14, 2012 at 06:09 AM
i just woke up, combed a few grains of rice from my hair, not sure how they got there. andrew z, would you choose to be a victim of a dui driver or would you rather be stuck behind one waiting to be screened at a dui checkpoint? or would you back away and find another route? the critical link here seems to elude some, being, the connection between impaired beyond reasonable capacity to control a vehicle safely VS the genuine social desire to participate in the deprivation of your personal freedoms. (approach with full coherency, it might throw you otherwise) the long and winding road to maturity is fraught with great sacrifices, despite what some say. (plagiarism is sooo much fun, more so than driving the same road every day!) (time for me to make my donuts, hava nice day !)
cirrus December 14, 2012 at 07:26 AM
To the wonderful Nazi hater, I remember extremely well the day two very nice police officers and town doctor came to the front door to tell my family that my brother had been killed by a drunk driver. He was only about 25 feet from safety when he was hit at 75 miles an hour. You cannot imagine the wreckage, the heartbreak, the nightmares, and all the pain and wreckage that a family experiences from this. I would give my right arm to change that day and have him back alive and smiling and enjoying life. I too was hit head-on by a drunk driver. My Life was changed forever. I will never be the same. My other brother was also hit by a drunk driver head-on and suffered injuries that you would not like in your life. to insinuate or bring up the word Nazi when an officer is doing a job to protect innocent lives shows an incredible lack of depth, intelligence, and common decency for your fellow man. I hope this never happens to you. But if it does, I hope you remember the Nazis that were not there for you
cirrus December 14, 2012 at 07:34 AM
In June, Hasn't the Christian church tried to legislate morality in their own way unsuccessfully? I hope you're Christian. Got a love those pedophiles, you know, the priests.
jody December 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Cirrus Thank you for your comments and sharing your story Jody k
jody December 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM
The holiday season . is a time that's tough on many , I would like to suggest a group or one that meets somewhere . I do a lot of pos writing , have seen some of the devastaion from dwis. If an interest i'll gladly share some thoughts , no not a perfect person . No not a perfect writer , or perfect at all my past jobs . Just tired of the apathy . Any takers , Jody k
Andrew Ziemba December 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
If you give up even just a little bit to the unconstitutional and rabid police state, you are trading your freedom for security. This is never a good deal and you will always end off worse by doing so. The very fact that these horrible things happened prove my point. You could have checkpoints every day, everywhere, at insane costs to taxpayers, and you would still have drunk drivers, dangerous drivers, and maniacs on the road. Pretending that checkpoints are anything less than revenue generation and social conditioning would be a clueless opinion. You know the reason they get away with stuff like the Patriot act is because of people like you. The reason they get away with drone wars overseas is because of you. The reason the TSA molests grandmothers and children, it's because of people like you. It's because of people like you that the government puts black boxes in our cars, reads our emails, and all without a warrant. As long as you are innocent why be afraid of a search right? You will give it all up just for the promise from government to be safe from the boogyman. If you look at what made America great, I don't see tyranny anywhere. If you look at what made America horrible and is leading it to a societal and fiscal total collapse, then all you can see is soviet/ NatzI Germany style government, laws, and sheeple who follow their government and laws. Hitler was elected by people. Control the group and you control the individual. This is their goal.
Andrew Ziemba December 14, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I would rather die being free than live being enslaved. There is no greater cause than freedom, and no cause that anyone has ever fought so hard for and risked their lives so much for. It is an absolute fairy tale story for the cops to actually find a DUI driver. Take all the roads, all the people, and the tiny portion of cops that are doing a checkpoint and what do you get? It's like tying to save the titanic from sinking with a dixie cup to scoop out the water. All that ends up happening is they catch loads of people for minor infractions. If they catch a DUI driver then ok great, but it's doing NOTHING to stop DUI driving. Also, it is illegal to stop someone and search them like that. Now if we as a country want to elect people who will make a constitutional amendment, then yes, in a democratic REPUBLIC, that can happen. Unfortunately the constitution is randomly crossed out by executive order now. So even if you claimed it was moral to search every single person who's going down a certain road, you can not say that it is legal. The idea that "I'm not doing anything wrong so I don't care if they search me" is the weakest argument and shows how easily people will give up their rights nowadays. It shows how much we have been spoiled rotten with freedom in this country. People should learn their history and apply it to the future.
Andrew Ziemba December 14, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I am very much involved in the liberty movement. I come to patch a few times a day to rant, particularly when extremely tyrannical behavior is casually discussed as if it was a good thing or even celebrated. You can say it is a waste of time or even a worthless cause, but it's something I do and something I will continue to do. I do wish there was more philosophical discussion instead of trolling by those who respond, but I can see that many who post on Patch are unable to speak up for fear of social repercussions. That's the good thing about preaching freedom, liberty though, the wicked and evil people think you are crazy, but the true, patriotic freedom loving people agree with you even if they don't want to say so publicly.
Kathleen Mitchell December 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Andrew Ziemba, Instead of spending all your time preaching from your particular pulpit, why not share with us exactly what you have done to improve the quality of life/living for people?
David Irons December 14, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Well said, my friend Kathleen. You might have noticed too that while he seemed offended that I Goggled him he made no denial.
David Irons December 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Thank you, Andrew, You are absolutely right - "There is no greater cause than freedom, and no cause that anyone has ever fought so hard for and risked their lives so much for." And just which branch of our military did you serve in and for how many years in the effort to insure that freedom?
Kathleen Mitchell December 14, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Andrew Z, It is painfully obvious in every single one of your posts, whether they are in response to direct questions or just your usual screeds, that you refuse to be specific about anything you've actually done in defense of your beliefs. Why is that?
Spiff December 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hey Guys, I've been reading these posts and, while I agree that many of Andrew's comments are a little extreme, the last few sentences in this post are pretty much on the money. Just my two cents. OK, go ahead, get back to arguing!
Maria Giannuzzi December 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
What some on the far right do not appreciate is that the United States has never been "great." It has been a work in progress from its very beginnings. It has done harm and it has done good things. DUI checkpoints, if conducted by professional and ethical police officers, can serve an educational purpose, as well as catch drivers with revoked/suspended licenses and registrations, no insurance, or those with outstanding warrants. We wait in line at the supermarket or department store during the Christmas season and at other times. We are willing to wait in line to purchase an iphone or a video game. It is not too much to ask to be delayed 10 or 15 minutes at a checkpoint. For most people, education and peer pressure will stop them from drinking and driving. Alcoholics and drug addicts are different. They will need technology and other means to stop them from driving.
Spiff December 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Please Maria, stop having the puppet master pull your 'far right' string! If you were really reading the comments and not just spouting your rhetorical BS talking points, then you'd have known that people like Andrew was comparing the checkpoints to Nazi style search tactics, AND YOU CAN'T GET MORE FAR RIGHT THAN the Nazi's now, can you!
Tin Foil Hat December 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Dirk Langeveld December 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
All right, time to close this circus down. I'm shutting off comments.


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