Lights on for Life Day is a symbolic headlight observance designed to focus attention on the impaired driving issue. It is also the kickoff for National Holiday Lifesavers Weekend.
As a nation we have made record decreases in impaired driving in each of the past three years. Yet, tragically, impaired driving continues to kill thousands of Americans. Nearly 12,000 people die every year in alcohol and drug-related crashes: one person dead every 53 minutes and one person injured every two minutes. These are not accidents -- they are violent crimes.
To save more lives and reach the goal of reducing impaired driving-related deaths, we must continue to generate a greater national urgency to stop death and injury on our nation's highways and byways. To accomplish this we need to change the way American people view impaired driving. We need everyone's help. Impaired driving is not just a problem for law enforcement, courts or victims. It affects the entire community. When impaired drivers take to the road, they not only put themselves at risk, they also put the public's safety in jeopardy. In addition to the physical and emotional damage they inflict as a result of their careless behavior, they place a huge financial burden on the community.
National Holiday Lifesavers Weekend takes place in December. During this weekend, law enforcement agencies stage a three-day crackdown on impaired drivers through the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
SADD chapters can join with others across the country in this effort, and encourage drivers to drive with their headlights on throughout the day. This effort will recognize those who have been killed or injured by impaired drivers and remind the public that alcohol and drug-related crashes are preventable.
How can SADD chapters participate in National Holiday Lifesavers Weekend?