Well, we’ve almost made it to the end of this year. If there was ever a year to bid a fond farewell, it may be 2016. Not that we are complaining. 2016 brought plenty of good news, along with the bad, especially when we look at drunk driving prevention. Even MADD got into the action early this year by releasing its annual report on the efforts of each state when it comes to drunk driving prevention.
Here’s just one more reason to celebrate the New Year: the dangerous DUI season ends on January 1. That means that we all remember our best safety plans when drinking instead of throwing caution to the wind. That also means that those who really did jump into their vehicles after drinking will be facing more than a court date – they might, for instance, face a car breathalyzer (ignition interlock) requirement.
Which would be a good thing, as that means there will be fewer drunk drivers on the road in 2017 as a result.
As we look back on the year and all of the progress that was made to expand ignition interlock access or increase other penalties for drunk driving, we’re excited to see what 2017 brings. Hopefully, states like Florida will continue to push for safer roads, while in Maryland, the interlock expansion will give us even more proof of just how valuable and life-saving the devices are. No matter what, we expect to see great changes across the U.S., one sober driver at a time.
Remember to celebrate the holiday safely, and encourage your friends, family and loved ones to do the same. We’ve all got our wishes ahead of us, so let’s save them for the things we can’t really control, and use our power of choice for a sober ride home, instead. Happy New Year!