In 2010, 927 people died in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois and hundreds of those deaths involved an impaired driver. December is one of the deadliest months.
Barrington joined communities across the nation by proclaiming December Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.
Barrington Village President Karen Darch pointed out the importance of drug and alcohol awareness at the Nov. 28 Village Board meeting.
“I’m concerned when I see articles about the increase of heroin use. We are not immune.” Darch said.
She applauded the efforts of the Barrington Coalition on Drug Prevention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol impaired drivers are involved in one out of three crash deaths. Drugs other than alcohol are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths, according to CDC.
The CDC offers these tips for drivers this holiday season:
- Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
- If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
“We need to pay attention to what is going on. Drunk driving can be prevented if we all do our part to make it a happier holiday season,” Darch said.
The village urges residents to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”