'T is the season to drink and drive.

That's not a recommendation. It's a poor decision made by many during the holidays.

To our younger editorial board, it unfortunately seems like it's become part of the American tradition.

And for what? So you can sleep in your own bed? Save money on a cab? Move to another gathering? Go on a midnight fast-food binge?

We know these and all the others aren't good reasons to get behind the wheel impaired; they're just selfish.

But that doesn't stop some from putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

According to data gathered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping drunk driving, 30 percent of all fatal collisions involved a drunk driver in Idaho and Washington in 2017.

The two states tied for 32nd of all states in that category.

According to MADD, Washington accounted for 161 drunk-driving deaths in 2017.

In Idaho, where there are some 5.7 million fewer people, 77 people were killed by drunk driving.

Those 238 people would be alive today had those impaired drivers thought twice about their decision to get behind the wheel.

The holiday season is meant to bring people together, not take them away.

Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor with WSU's department of psychology, told the Daily News last week drunk drivers are about eight times more likely to get into an accident than if they were sober.

Stoned drivers aren't off the hook, either. Cutler said smoking marijuana before driving about doubles the risk a motorist will get into an accident.

Her research is likely better than yours.

The holidays are a time to be with family and chances are no one wants to see you get home safe more than family. What's the hurt in asking for a ride or crashing on the couch?

So, with the last holiday of 2018 upon us - New Year's Eve - think twice before you slip into the driver's seat; catch a cab, phone a friend, carpool with family. It could save a life - maybe yours.

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