3D Month: ‘Designate before we
|December is designated annually as National Drunk and
Drugged Driving Prevention Month (often referred to as 3D Month). Fort
McCoy will observe the month by participating in a nationwide prevention
campaign and also offer unit prevention training for leaders or
literature to help explain and prevent the effects of impaired driving.
Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in
about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths, according to the U.S.
Department of Justice.
3D Month is a reminder for drivers to “Designate (a sober driver) before
we Celebrate” and encourages safe and sober driving, according to the
Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) and Army Substance
Abuse Program (ASAP).
Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy DES said the “Drive Sober or Get
Pulled Over” campaign is under way and will be enforced by the Fort
McCoy DES through Jan. 1.
The campaign was implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration to stop impaired driving and to save lives during the
In 2011, 225 people were killed and nearly 3,000 injured in
alcohol-related traffic crashes in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation. There were more than 35,000 convictions
for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year.
Soldiers, Family members, and civilians must be proactive and have a
responsible plan if they choose to drink, said Gail Zuege, Fort McCoy
ASAP drug testing technician. Whenever social plans involve alcohol,
drivers must make plans so they don’t drive after drinking.
The ASAP will have a display at McCoy’s throughout the month of December
that will offer prevention information and “THAT GUY” 2013 calendars.
For more information about 3D Month or ASAP training opportunities,
visit the Fort McCoy ASAP staff in building 1344 or call
The following links also have information about 3D Month or impaired
(Information in this story is from the Fort McCoy Army Substance
Abuse Program, the Directorate of Emergency Services, the National
Traffic Highway Safety Administration, the U.S. Justice Department and
the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.)