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8 Sobering Facts for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

We’ve all seen the commercials that show carnage in the wake of an impaired driver, but yet people are still getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. This problem can be especially bigger around major holidays, which of course include Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day.

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama designated December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in 2012, and the tradition continues. Youth.gov notes that each year, around 30-million Americans drive drunk, and another 10-million will take to the road while on illicit drugs. Here are eight facts to keep in mind as we dive deeper into the holiday season…

1. An Alarming Number of Youths Drive Impaired

While there are impaired driving cases in all age categories, the number of youth that drive drunk (and are under the legal drinking age, by the way) is staggering. Youth.gov explains that a 2010 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed that more than 13-percent of drivers aged 16-and older drove under the influence of alcohol.

Of this number, 19.5-percent of drivers in the 16-25 age range drove drunk, compared to 11.8-percent of drivers aged 26-and older. For drugged driving, these numbers were 11.4-percent and 2.8-percent respectively, adds the source.

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