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As we head into the final month of 2018, we at Caliber Collision would like to touch on something near and dear to our hearts: preventing impaired driving. December is National Impaired Driving Month, and we can all play our part to help keep everyone safe on the road this holiday season. To drive the point home, we’ve pulled together a few facts below that highlight just how important it is to keep your wits about you behind the wheel.

The Facts
Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—equating to roughly one person every 50 minutes. While it’s true that drunk-driving fatalities have drastically fallen in the last three decades, preventable alcohol-related driving fatalities still account for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages accumulated to a whopping $44 billion per year.

At the core of these many statistics is a number that says enough on its own. Last year, 37,133 people lost their lives on America’s roadways, and that fact is unacceptable by any standard.

The Consequences
Plenty of people know that drinking and driving don't mix—unfortunately many still do it. Remember, the consequences for a DUI charge should never be taken lightly. Experts estimate that a first time DUI offense costs the driver $5,000 to $12,000, depending on the state, and no drink is worth that price. But dollars are nothing when it comes to the impact a drunk driver’s actions have on the lives of others on the road.

The Solution
This December, join us in making the holidays safe for everyone on the road by taking these simple steps to help prevent impaired driving:

•If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.

•If you drink, don’t drive for any reason. Rideshare apps often have discounts during the holidays, or don’t hesitate to call a friend or family member for a ride.

•If someone you know has been drinking, don’t let them get behind the wheel. Hold on to their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home.

•If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

As you venture out this December, keep these facts in mind, and make sure that you always have a designated driver if you do plan to have a drink—even if it’s only one. After all, we’re all for restoring the rhythm of rides, but it’s the life behind the wheel that’s our number-one priority. We hope you’ll help us spread the word this season, and wish you and yours the safest of holiday travels in the coming weeks.