AAA Offers Safety Tips for ‘Deadliest Day’ of the Year

10 years, 5 months ago - 28 December 2012, Wall Street Journal
AAA Offers Safety Tips for ‘Deadliest Day’ of the Year
As the final days of 2012 wind down, drivers should keep in mind that drivers should be especially cautious on New Year’s Day – the deadliest day for alcohol-related fatalities on the road, according to the American Automobile Association, or AAA.

In addition to listing steps drivers can take to avoid hazards of alcohol and driving, the travel group said that it now officially supports the use of ignition-interlock devices for drivers convicted of driving under the influence.

“AAA is not alone in its concern about impaired driving or strong support for tough policies for convicted drunk drivers,” said Jake Nelson, traffic safety advocacy director for AAA.

According to AAA’s 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index, more than nine in 10 drivers consider drinking and driving a serious threat to their personal safety and 97% surveyed said it is unacceptable for a driver to get behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink. Nearly eight in 10 support requiring ignition interlocks – which keep impaired drivers from starting their cars — for all drivers convicted of DUI.

AAA listed the following tips for for New Year’s partygoers about making the holiday as safe as possible:

• Always plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins

• Never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink

• Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink

• Do not hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired

• Call a taxi for a friend in need

• Be a responsible host in reminding guests to stay safe and always offer alcohol-free beverages

• If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call police (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself)

• Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs also can impair your ability to drive safely.