President Barack Obama declared December to be National Impaired Driving
Prevention Month, in a press release issued by the White House on Dec.
1, 2010. According to the president, the month of December is a time to
“recommit to preventing the loss of life by practicing safe driving
practices and reminding others to be sober, drug free, and safe on the
In the release, the president went on to say that his administration is
dedicated to fighting
drunk driving (and other forms of dangerous driving like texting) through campaigns
initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the
redoubled efforts of law enforcement during the holiday season.
This holiday season in 2012 will likely be no different, with federal agencies
rolling out safe-driving campaigns (the NHTSA currently has a “Stop
Texts, Stop Wrecks” campaign to discourage distracted driving) and
there will no doubt be plenty of law enforcement crackdowns at Christmastime.
The president rightfully encourages drivers and passengers to use common
sense when it comes to alcohol and cars, but just because you’ve
been pulled over and arrested for drunk driving doesn’t mean your
rights to a fair traffic stop weren’t violated.
December may be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, but that doesn’t
mean drivers shouldn’t be free of unreasonable traffic stops and
other unlawful police practices.