AAA New Jersey ranks New Year’s Day as Deadliest on U.S. Roads
As the Holiday season started and the citizens of America prepared for the celebration of New Year, AAA reminded all party goers that New Year’s Day is on the no 1 position in ranking of the year’s deadliest day for alcohol-involved accidents and deaths.
AAA is announcing that it is in favor of installing ignition interlocks for all first time DUI offenders to decrease the number of accidents in which alcohol is involved and to protect the citizens of America from drunk drivers. Not only is AAA supporting tough rules and regulations for the convicted impaired drivers, but it also provides important safety advice to partygoers.
According to the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 9 out of every 10 drivers think that impaired drivers are a threat to their safety on the roads. For safety reasons, 8 out of 10 Americans favor installing ignition interlocks for first time DUI offenders.
Research shows that ignition interlock devices helped a lot in decreasing the rate of crashes and deaths caused by driving under the influence of alcohol. AAA and National Transportation Safety Board are supporting the laws and rules requiring ignition interlock devices (IID) for all those drivers who have committed the crime of driving under the influence, even for a first time.
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said, “I commend AAA for stepping up for safety. Technologies, such as ignition interlocks, will reduce alcohol-related crashes on our nation’s roadways. We look forward to working alongside AAA and its clubs to eliminate the nation’s top killer on our roadways – impaired driving.”
As preventing drinking alcohol and driving is the responsibility of every citizen, everyone can take part in saving the lives of people on the roads on New Year’s Eve and on other days by acting upon the following points:
- Before going to a party, hire a non-drinking driver or call your friend to get you home. You can also call a taxi.
- If you are hosting a party, serve alcohol-free drinks to the party guests.
- Take the motor vehicle keys from friends or family members who may be impaired and are not in a condition to drive safely.
- If you see any drunk driver on the road, calling 911 is your responsibility.
- Don’t forget that prescription and some over-the-counter medications can also affect the mind and lead to impaired driving.
The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club is providing a safe and free tow service for impaired drivers. AAA suggests getting home with a non-drinking friend or hiring a taxi or staying over for the night until you are sober enough to drive home safely.