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5 Things to Know During Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December is Recognized as Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Since 2012, the month of December has been recognized nationally as Impaired Driving Prevention Month, highlighting the importance of reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents. Although these collisions have decreased nationally over time, they remain a persistent problem on the roadways. Read on to learn five things about these instances.

1. Impaired Driving Increases Around Holidays

According to the National Safety Council, most holidays record a higher rate of alcohol-related crashes than the national average. For winter holidays in 2019, 36-38% of crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver compared to the 28% national average. This is consistent with several national holidays that fall in this range.

2. Nearly 4,000 Drug and Alcohol-Related Crashes Occurred in 2020

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office released a finalized report regarding drug and alcohol-related crashes throughout the state in 2020. Among these, 1,031 drug-related crashes and 2,949 alcohol-related crashes took place. Here are some other notable statistics:

  • 43.1% of alcohol crashes and 40.8% of drug crashes took place on city streets.
  • Most alcohol crashes took place between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm, and drug crashes between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
  • Drivers aged 20-24 were involved in the most crashes overall.
  • The majority of drivers involved in both drug and alcohol crashes were male.

3. You Can Report a Drunk Driver on the Road

For 40 years, Oklahoma agencies have encouraged motorists to report suspected drunk drivers on the roads. The easiest and quickest way to do so is to dial 911 and report them to law enforcement. If you choose to do so, get the license plate and approximate location.

Don't forget to drive cautiously around these vehicles, as following too close or being in adjacent lanes may become hazardous for you.

4. Bars and Restaurants May Be Held Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident

Oklahoma's "dram shop" laws place some liability on bars, restaurants, or other alcohol providers for drunk driving incidents. Under these laws, any "alcohol vendor" has a responsibility to not serve noticeably intoxicated individuals; if caught doing so, they may be held responsible for an accident caused by this impaired driver.

5. You Have the Right to File a Claim Against a Drunk Driver

If a drug or alcohol-impaired driver causes an accident resulting in injury or death, these individuals may face both civil and criminal charges. Know that you have a right to pursue justice against these negligent drivers.

Aizenman Law Group is dedicated to protecting your rights and safety on the roadways. If you are seeking legal representation in a claim against an impaired driver, call (918) 215-8856 or fill out this short form to get in touch with a member of our team.