McCoy will help observe the December Drunk and Drugged Driving (3-D)
Prevention Month Campaign "You Drink and Drive, You Lose."
Billboards will reinforce the 3-D
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
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
is important because statistics show:
year, alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost about $51
billion (Blincoe et al. 2002).
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).
three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related
crash at some time in their lives. (NHTSA 2006).
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).
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).
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.
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.)