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3-D Month promotes drug-free driving

Fort McCoy will help observe the December Drunk and Drugged Driving (3-D) Prevention Month Campaign "You Drink and Drive, You Lose."

Graphic: Billboards will reinforce the 3-D Month message.
Billboards will reinforce the 3-D Month message.

Eric Pedersen, the Fort McCoy Army Alcohol and Drug Control officer for the Directorate of Human Resources, said Fort McCoy will have several activities/events throughout the month to highlight 3-D Prevention Month, including billboards located for viewing by both inbound and outbound traffic to Fort McCoy from Tomah (near Tunnel City) and Sparta.

"Personnel should be aware of the consequences and costs of drunk and drugged driving," Pedersen said. "They can be enormous." The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has partnered with state and local law enforcement agencies to carry out the 3-D Prevention Campaign, he said.

Prevention is important because statistics show:

• Each year, alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost about $51 billion (Blincoe et al. 2002).
     • In 2006, 13,470 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32 percent) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. (NHTSA 2006).
     • About three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. (NHTSA 2006).
     • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths. These drugs generally are used in combination with alcohol (Jones et al. 2003).
     • Among drivers involved in fatal crashes, those with blood alcohol concentration levels of 0.08 percent or higher were nine times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were other drivers (NHTSA 2006).

Pedersen said personnel can help prevent fatalities and impaired-driving accidents by planning ahead and designating a non-drinking driver before any holiday party or celebration begins. A number of taverns and/or restaurants in Sparta, Tomah, La Crosse, etc., have programs to provide patrons who drink with a safe ride home. For more information, visit the Web site http://www.tlw.org.

More information about the 3-D Month can be found at the NHTSA Web site at http://www.stopimpaireddriving.org or at the Centers for Disease Control Web site http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/spotlite/3d.htm. For more information about 3-D activities in the Fort McCoy community, call the Army Substance Abuse Program at (608) 388-2441.

(Some information in this story from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.)


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