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  November 25, 2011


‘Designate before we Celebrate’ theme for National 3D Month

National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month will be observed with several activities at Fort McCoy throughout December.

A 3D display will be exhibited at McCoy’s, building 1571, throughout the month, said Gail R. Zuege, installation drug test technician and prevention coordinator for Fort McCoy’s Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).

Presentations about 3D topics also will be available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network (FMCN) under the “E-Staff” and “What’s New” sections. The topics will include: Beyond Hangovers, Vital Signs (Drinking and Driving — A Threat to Everyone), Drugged Driving, and Non-alcoholic Holiday Recipes.

ASAP also offers Unit Leader Prevention Training and Unit Prevention Training about drug and substance abuse. ASAP staff has fatal vision goggles, which depict various stages of substance impairment, to help personnel “see” and understand the effects of being impaired.

3D Month tips

For a safe 2011 holiday season:

• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.

• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or Family member, or use public transportation.

• Use your community’s sober ride program. Many taverns/bars participate or offer rides to impaired patrons.

• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.

• Buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

• Your best defense against a drunk driver is to use seat belts, which are required in many locations including for Fort McCoy, and in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Randy Eddy, safety manager at the Installation Safety Office (ISO), said the ISO also has fatal vision goggles and can offer training upon request.

Other resources supporting 3D month at Fort McCoy include the 181st Infantry Brigade, which offers a Taxi Fund that allows Soldiers to arrange for a taxi ride in the local communities if they are impaired and cannot drive.

Doug Westbrook, the 181st Safety officer, said Soldiers are expected to repay the fund within 72 hours of the incident.

Many taverns/bars in the local communities and throughout the state also offer safe ride programs to help patrons return to their residences.

Soldiers who need transportation at Fort McCoy, including those who are impaired and can’t drive, can use the installation shuttle bus, which includes a stop at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The schedule is available at the bus stops, by calling 608-388-3616 or on the FMCN, according to the Fort McCoy Directorate of Logistics Transportation Division. Impaired drivers also can have friends drive them home.

Zuege said national statistics about impaired drivers paint an overall sobering picture.

Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This equates to one death every 48 minutes, according to 2010 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with an annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totaling more than $51 billion. The 3D Month theme “Designate before we Celebrate” encourages safe and sober driving.

Effective measures can be taken to help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving. The message is simple, drinking alcohol and driving does not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle.

Statistics indicate the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to drunk driving.

According to the CDC (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System U.S.), 4 million Americans who drink and drive each year, put everyone on the road at risk. Men were responsible for more than four in five episodes (81 percent) of drinking and driving incidents in 2010.

Young men ages 21-34 made up only 11 percent of the U.S. adult population in 2010, yet were responsible for 32 percent of all instances of drinking and driving. Of the people who reported engaging in binge drinking, 85 percent also reported drinking and driving episodes. Binge drinking means five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women in a short amount of time.

During December 2009, 753 people were killed nationwide in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams or higher.

Motorists are encouraged to remember to buckle up every time and “Designate before you Celebrate!”

For more information about ASAP programs at Fort McCoy and Alcohol Anonymous (AA) programs in the local communities, contact Zuege at 608-388-5955, stop by building 1145 or visit www.acsap.army.mil.

The 88th RSC Alcohol and Drug Control Office has started AA meetings in building 60.

The meetings are held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in room 102.

Those attending should park in the front parking lot. If you wish to attend, call 608-388-0398.

For more information about ISO programs at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-3403 or visit building 1678.

(Information in this story from the Army Substance Abuse Program, Installation Safety Office and Directorate of Logistics Transportation Division.)

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