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Summer Drinking & DUIs

With so many people hitting the highways this summer, a sharp rise in both alcohol-involved crashes and DUIs is expected, especially around the holidays. But a boost in travel isn’t the only reason for concern.

Longer days mean backyard barbecues, visits to the pool or lake, baseball games, concerts, and ample opportunities to consume alcohol. This increase in drinking along with greater numbers of drivers makes summer the deadliest time of year on the road. Enjoying and celebrating the summer months is a good thing—everyone needs a vacation to unwind—but it doesn’t mean relaxing on the dangers of drunk driving.

In this Resource Center, you will find tools and resources to raise awareness about summertime activities and drinking—and the potential consequences mixing the two—helping ensure your vacation season remains safe, relaxing, and enjoyable.

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June Through August

The Most Dangerous Months for DUIs

The summer months see a significant increase in fatal alcohol-related crashes compared to the rest of the year. Share these stories to drive awareness on the consequences of drunk driving and alcohol-involved crashes.

Safe and Sober Ways to Celebrate the Summer Holidays

For many, summer means relaxation and celebration. With Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day ahead, there are a lot of opportunities for both, but for those abstaining from alcohol, these gatherings can be especially challenging. However, celebrating without alcohol is possible:

Alcohol and Boating Don’t Mix

Impaired driving isn’t limited to the roadways. Boating under the influence (BUI) is just as dangerous as drunk driving and it’s illegal in all 50 states. The effects of alcohol can be even greater on water than on land. Boaters’ reaction times can be slowed by “boater’s hypnosis”—a combo of the impact of motion, vibration, noise, and the elements—and alcohol increases this effect. Alcohol also increases the risk of dehydration, impairs judgement, and impacts a boater’s sense of balance.

Underage Drinking and Driving

The summer months are the deadliest for teenagers on the road. Once school lets out, teens have more free time to party and drink, meaning more younger drivers, impaired by alcohol, will find their way onto the roads. In fact, June, July, and August see 50% more drunk driving deaths among teens than any other time of the year.

Plan Ahead for a Safe and Sober Ride

Drunk driving puts everyone on the road at risk. Law enforcement agencies across the country will be running roadside sobriety checkpoints throughout the summer, including the 4th of July Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign organized by NHTSA. If the summer holidays find you celebrating with family and friends, be sure to follow these simple steps so you and everyone else gets home safe:

  • Plan ahead! Don’t wait until you start drinking to figure out how you’re getting home.
  • Add contact information for local cab companies or car services into your phone or keep it handy. Many companies even offer special fares during some holidays, so check ahead.
  • Download and pre-populate your information for ride-sharing apps to make it easy to hail a ride at the end of the evening.
  • Identify a Designated Driver for the evening and STICK WITH IT.
  • Have options! Plans can change, so identify a back-up plan for a sober ride home before you leave for the night.

Summer Vacation

Alcohol and Travel Safety Resources

Boating This Holiday Weekend? Think Twice About BUIs
Sobering Up

Traffic Safety Marketing: 4th of July
Traffic Safety Marketing (TSM)

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Traffic Safety Marketing (TSM) / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Sober Ride – Listing of sober ride programs across the country
AAA and NHTSA

Sobering Up Blog

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In 2017, 10,874 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes, according to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Based on the reported numbers, alcohol-impaired driving deaths dropped 1.1% from 2016.

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