Wishing You a Safe New Year

The New Year is almost here! While many of us plan on gathering with friends and family to celebrate, please remember to stay safe by using a designated driver, public transportation, or a rideshare service.

New Year’s Eve has been labeled “the most dangerous night on U.S. roads,” and on average, over 300 people die in drunk-driving related crashes during the New Year holiday season.

As a former first responder, I have seen the tragedy of drunk and impaired driving firsthand. I have felt the frustration that such heartbreak could have been prevented.

During this legislative session, I was proud to introduce
HR 50, which declares December 2021 as California Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every day, an average of 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes - one person every 52 minutes.

Additionally, 56% of drivers involved in serious injury and fatal crashes tested positive for at least one drug.

All alcoholic drinks, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and illegal drugs impair driving.

This New Year, please stay safe and sober on the road.
 
Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. The Riverside Transit Agency is offering FREE rides to customers after 2:30 p.m. on all fixed-route buses, and many rideshare and taxi services are offering coupons and discounts, or choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
 
Enjoy ringing in the New Year but please drive safely and arrive alive.