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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

President Barack Obama declared December to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, in a press release issued by the White House on Dec. 1, 2010. According to the president, the month of December is a time to “recommit to preventing the loss of life by practicing safe driving practices and reminding others to be sober, drug free, and safe on the road.”

In the release, the president went on to say that his administration is dedicated to fighting drunk driving (and other forms of dangerous driving like texting) through campaigns initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the redoubled efforts of law enforcement during the holiday season.

This holiday season in 2012 will likely be no different, with federal agencies rolling out safe-driving campaigns (the NHTSA currently has a “Stop Texts, Stop Wrecks” campaign to discourage distracted driving) and there will no doubt be plenty of law enforcement crackdowns at Christmastime.

The president rightfully encourages drivers and passengers to use common sense when it comes to alcohol and cars, but just because you’ve been pulled over and arrested for drunk driving doesn’t mean your rights to a fair traffic stop weren’t violated.

December may be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, but that doesn’t mean drivers shouldn’t be free of unreasonable traffic stops and other unlawful police practices.

Source: Presidential Proclamation – National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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