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Friday, December 10, 2010

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

"Every day, 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver", according to the CDC. The holidays are time of mixed emotions for a lot of people, so it makes sense that some people may drink heavier than usual and make the mistake of getting behind the wheel. We all need to work hard to help those in need and make sure that our friends and family do not make poor decisions under the influence of alcohol and, or, drugs. It also makes sense that December would be the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

Here are the facts from the CDC:
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.
  • In 2006, 13,470 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • In one year, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This accounts for less than 1% of the 159 million self-reported episodes of alcohol–impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
  • Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost about $51 billion a year.
We all have the power to talk to our friends and family who might have a problem with alcohol and help them understand that driving is not an option. If you throw a party make sure that those attending have a designated driver, if they don't it is up to the host to find one. Take people's keys who you think might be planning to get behind the wheel. We all have the power to save lives, and one simple act like getting between a drunk and the wheel of a car is all it takes. We hope everyone acts responsibly and if there is a problem - call for help.

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