The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is collaborating with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to help raise awareness about the importance of having a designated driver for holiday celebrations.
According to a THP release, the agency, along with MADD, has announced its participation in the Tie One On For Safety red ribbon campaign aimed at reducing drunk driving car accident fatalities. This is especially important as the New Year approaches and many people are out celebrating the holiday.
“We hope as motorists travel across Tennessee this holiday season, they will see the red ribbons on THP patrol cars and be reminded of our continuous efforts to reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads,” Colonel Tracy Trott said, according to a release. “Though we want to encourage this practice every day of the year, we’re here today because drunk driving deaths typically rise over the holidays.”
The program, in its 27th year, will urge drivers across the state to display red MADD ribbons on their vehicles as a reminder to other drivers to seek a designated driver if he or she is going to be drinking alcohol.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2011, 931 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That number includes the 28 people who were killed in Tennessee in alcohol-impaired crashes during the 2011 holiday time, according to the THP release.
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The THP also reported that 198 people have died in alcohol-impaired crashes in Tennessee this year through December 9. Aside from death, drunk driving accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones.
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