Drivers beware in July

Friday, July 5, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

emergency lights ambulanceAmericans are being advised to be extra careful when getting behind the wheel and hitting the road this month – and for good reason.

Statistics show that July is the deadliest month for drunk driving in the United States, and this is not predominantly due to intoxicated teenagers behind the wheel of moving vehicles.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Helen Witty revealed that it’s older drivers who are mostly to blame for the highest fatality month.

"The most dangerous range of age is from 21 to 24," Witty pointed out. "The next most dangerous range of age is from about 24 to 35 or 36."

Since MADD was founded back in 1980, the number of drunk driving fatalities has been cut in half, however, America has seen an uptick in deaths over the last two years.

"So, we want to keep our Public Service Announcements [PSAs] coming," Witty maintained. "We want to keep our awareness – we want to keep our own private responsibility for keeping everyone around us safe. If you drink, don't drive. If you drive, don't drink."

Even though deaths due to drunk drivers are not as high as they used to be, the problem is far from going away.

"It is still the number one killer on our roadways," Witty stressed. "We have other emerging problems – such as drugged driving and distracted driving – but drunk driving is still the number one killer."

Witty's daughter, Helen Marie, was killed nearly two decades ago in 2000 by an alcohol-and-marijuana-impaired driver.

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