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December 11, 2009

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3D Month encourages people
not to drink/use drugs, drive

Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, almost 12,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On average, someone in American died every 45 minutes, or more than 30 deaths per day, because of an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year in alcohol-related crashes. About three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.

“The holiday season is supposed to be a time for family, friends, and festive celebrations, but it is unfortunately also a time when we see a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s,” said Contract Prevention Coordinator Cory Zebell of the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP). “That’s why we are reminding everyone this holiday season, if you catch a buzz, catch a ride.”

“Designating a sober driver before the party begins is just one of several, simple steps to remember to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving,” he said, while offering these other simple reminders for a safer holiday season:

Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel of your vehicle if you’ve been out drinking.
      • If you are impaired, call a taxi — use mass transit — or get a sober friend or family member to come and get you. (The Wisconsin Tavern League offers information about its SafeRide Program at the Web site http://www.tlw.org/public/saferide.shtml);
      • Or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
      • And remember — Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

Zebell also said if you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead, always offer alcohol-free beverages during the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.

More information about the national 3D Month also is available at the Web site http://www.acsap.army.mil.

Since 1981, every President of the United States has proclaimed December “National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month” to help underscore the public’s commitment to preventing impaired driving and promoting the use of designated drivers and sober ride programs. The month of December and the New Year’s Eve holiday also are often highlighted by significant increases in state and local law enforcement efforts to combat impaired driving such as the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

Other items for use through the Fort McCoy ASAP are Fatal Vision Goggles, which simulate impaired driving, and the Intoxiclock, a tool to determine blood-alcohol content, available for use throughout the month of December. ASAP personnel will show members of the Fort McCoy community how to use the Fatal Vision Goggles and the Intoxiclock.

The Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office also has Fatal Vision Goggles and will sign them out to authorized personnel. For more information, call ISO at 608-388-3403.

The Fort McCoy ASAP will send out informational e-mails to the members of the Fort McCoy community, including non-alcoholic recipes, tips and hints, and a few contest e-mail questions for giveaways.

For more information about 3-D Month activities/events/data in the Fort McCoy community, call ASAP at 608-388-2315/5955/2441.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)

 

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