CHICAGO – As Impaired Driving Prevention Month comes to an end, state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, is calling attention to the importance of practicing safe driving practices throughout the year.
“While many of us drive every day getting behind the wheel of a car is not something to take lightly, especially if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drivers must take personal responsibility,” said Hurley. “Drivers that are impaired are not only risk the safety of themselves and their passengers, but they also risk the lives of other innocent drivers on the roadways.”
As Impaired Driving Prevention Month comes to an end, Hurley is urging drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and is highlighting the importance of using safe driving practices throughout the year. December has been designated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to remind residents of the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to help prevent as many impaired driving instances as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that over 10,000 lives are claimed each year by impaired driving, the equivalent of nearly 30 lives lost every day.
“There is no excuse for driving under the influence when there are so many alternative ways to get home safely, like calling a cab, using a rideshare service or taking public transportation,” continued Hurley. “While we typically see a spike in alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the holidays, I urge drivers to use safe driving practices all year long and never drive while intoxicated.”
For more information, contact Hurley’s constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or RepFranHurley@gmail.com.