President Barack Obama officially proclaimed the month of December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month on December 2.
Through a written proclamation, the president acknowledged the dangers of drunk driving and stated how more action is needed from the government and from private organizations to stop people from driving under the influence.
Obama explained that his administration is taking extra steps this month to prevent impaired driving. The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is sponsoring the campaign known as "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." The campaign works to educate the public about drunk driving and DUI arrests. Law enforcement agencies all over the country will expand their efforts of patrol during the peak travel period between December 16, 2009, and January 3, 2010, ensuring that impaired drivers will be stopped and arrested.
At the local level, Los Angeles non-profit organizations and law enforcement agencies are teaming up to crack down on drunk drivers this month. Hundreds of Los Angeles police officers will be patroling the region with saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints during the peak traveling period. The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be distributing 2.5 million red ribbons and window decals during the ""Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" campaign, where MADD members are encouraging drivers to put the ribbons on vehicles to show support for increased holiday law enforcement.
MADD often works with DUI prosecutors and fights against Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers throughout the year. This month they want Los Angeles residents to tie ribbons to their car antennas to symbolize their pledge of driving safe and sober. If you would like to receive a red ribbon or window decal, contact the Los Angeles MADD affiliate at 310-215-2905.