Awareness for Danger of Drugged & Drunk Drivers

Clinton City Council took action last night to urge awareness of the danger of impaired driving. Interim City Manager Dale Satterfield asked council to approve a resolution declaring December “Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month” in Clinton. He noted that December is traditionally one of the deadliest times of the year for alcohol and drug impaired driving.  The resolution he presented re-commits the city and all its departments to prevent tragedy by ensuring that the city’s residents stay safe, sober and drug free on the road.

This is not the first time the city has passed a resolution of this type.  In fact, it has been a tradition since 1982 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed December as Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.  That action came at the request of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).  MADD was founded in 1980 by Candice Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver.

Last night’s resolution reminds everyone that each day in the United States 36 people lose their lives and around 700 are injured in-car crashes involving an impaired driver. It states that the annual cost of impaired driver accidents totals more than $51 Billion.

When Mayor Bob McLean presented the resolution, council voted unanimously to approve.