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December 14, 2012

Observances

3D Month: ‘Designate before we Celebrate’

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 holiday season.

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 608-388-2441/5955.

The following links also have information about 3D Month or impaired driving: www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/index.html; www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/drinkinganddriving; www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired; or http://prissod1.acsap.hqda.pentagon.mil/slides/AJDruggedDriving.pptx.

(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.)

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