Maryland families mourned the losses of 162 loved ones in 2009 — each life lost at the hands of a drunk driver.
The state’s Impaired Driving Coalition says this time of year (between Thanksgiving and New Years) is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on the roadways due to an increase in impaired driving. Maryland averages about five fatal impaired-driving crashes during this time period each year.
This year, the Coalition wants your help to keep our roadways safe.
If you believe you’ve seen a drunk driver on the road, please call 911.
Passing along information about the vehicle and location could literally save a life — maybe the drunk driver, maybe another innocent person who happens to be behind the wheel at the wrong place and wrong time.
Nationally, four in ten crashes over the holiday season are alcohol-related. Do your part to bring this number down.
Drink responsibly this holiday season. If you have to stop and ask yourself whether or not you’re too tipsy to drive — don’t get behind the wheel. Better yet, designate a driver before anyone starts drinking.
If you find yourself out and about and you’ve had one too many, call a cab. In some areas, you can even get a free cab ride home:
- On New Year’s Eve in Baltimore, call Tipsy?Taxi! at 1-877-963-TAXI (8294) for a free ride home.
- The Washington Regional Alcohol Program‘s (WRAP’s) SoberRide program provides free rides home between December 16 and January 1 from locations in:
- Alexandria, VA
- Arlington County, VA
- Fairfax County, VA
- Loudoun County, VA
- Prince William County, VA
- Montgomery County, MD
- Prince George’s County, MD
- District of Columbia
So far, I haven’t been able to find information about similar programs operating in Frederick County. If you know of one, please leave the information in the comments section!