Sheriff Rick Meyer – December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

JACKSON CO. – December is a time of celebration and gathering with family and friends to enjoy the holiday. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when good times can be marred by the effects of drunk and drugged driving. The consequences of impaired driving can be deadly. 

Sheriff Rick Meyer

“December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month,” said Sheriff Rick Meyer. “Impaired driving is a topic that we need to talk about, be aware of, and be prepared to address with those we care about.”

On average, 29 people die each day in the United States as a result of crashes in which drugs or alcohol are involved. That’s one death every 50 minutes.

“The sad truth is that these fatalities are completely preventable if people don’t get behind the wheel when they’ve consumed alcohol or used drugs,” said Sheriff Meyer.

It’s important to think about how to address this topic with those we care about. Here are some tips:

• Make a plan. Agree on a designated driver before you go out, or plan to utilize a taxi, ride service, or public transportation.

• If you need to talk to someone who’s impaired, remain calm and as non-confrontational as possible.

• Remember to speak slowly if someone is intoxicated. It will take more time to rationalize with an impaired person.

“Traffic-related deaths increase in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day,” said Sheriff Meyer. “It’s vital we all remain vigilant and take steps to curb this trend. I want everyone to safely enjoy their outings this holiday season.”