CHICAGO – In recognition of Impaired Driving Prevention Month, state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is emphasizing the importance of driving safely this holiday season.
“During the holiday season, I wanted to take the time to highlight the importance of staying out of the driver seat when impaired,” said Slaughter. “While the holidays can be a really great time to relax and unwind, we must also exercise caution, for other’s safety as well as our own.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2017, over 10,000 lives were lost in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. The same report demonstrated that alcohol-related crashes made up almost 30% of all traffic fatalities, 100% of which were preventable.
Slaughter is urging residents to make sure they have a designated driver or access to ridesharing services when under the influence. Slaughter is also encouraging folks to take advantage of free bus and train rides offered by the Chicago Transit Authority from Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. until Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 4 a.m. Metra is also offering free train rides on Dec. 31 after 6 p.m.
“With all of the alternative transportation options available, there is no excuse for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” said Slaughter. “However inconvenient or annoying it may seem in the moment, it’s always worth it to practice caution.”
For those struggling with alcohol or other substance use, residents can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 24 hour hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).