For the second year in a row, alcohol-impaired–driving fatalities have dropped. In 2017, they dropped 1.1%, and in 2018, they dropped another 3.6%, to 10,511. These falling numbers are encouraging, and we know that DWI courts are helping ensure this downward trend continues.
But the truth is impaired driving remains one of the single most serious threats to public safety in the United States. Until the number of these completely preventable deaths hits zero, we have more work to do.
At the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC), we understand that while prevention efforts, new technology and increased public awareness can help reduce impaired driving, it is critical that we also address the root problem for repeat, high–blood alcohol content and polysubstance drivers: addiction. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping communities implement, expand and improve DWI court programs that provide treatment and accountability based on research-driven best practices.
We know that DWI courts work, and Impaired Driving Prevention Month in December is an important opportunity to make sure our fellow citizens and elected officials know that, too. Throughout the month of December, we want to introduce our communities to saved lives, reunited families and safer streets.
This toolkit contains a wealth of resources to help you plan and execute events, as well as educate your elected officials and the media. For many people in recovery, the holidays can be an especially difficult time; for this reason, we’ve also included tips on ensuring your court staff are prepared to give participants the support they need.
In this kit, you’ll find:
- Creative event ideas to educate your community and foster support for your DWI court
- Instructions on how to contact your local and regional media outlets
- A sample press release and newspaper opinion editorial
- A sample invitation for Members of Congress
- Sample social media content to help spread your message, enhance your events, and foster community support for your court
- Guidance on how to prepare and support your court participants through the holiday season, one of the biggest challenges to sobriety throughout the year
We look forward to actively highlighting your great news all month long on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and we encourage you to use all the resources available to you via the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility website, Responsibility.org.
Remember, whenever one person rises out of addiction, we All Rise. Thank you for the work you’re doing every single day to make our communities safer.