Whether going over the river or through the woods or along America’s highways during the upcoming holiday season, drinking and driving can result in serious or deadly consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,332 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers during 2012.
“If you’re traveling to spend time with family or hosting a holiday party, be sure that everyone has a safe ride home,” said Steven Callon, Air Force Materiel Command Drug Demand Reduction Manager. “It could be the difference between between a happy holiday season and a tragic, life altering one.”
The NHTSA offers the following tips to stay safe and drive sober:
- If you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink.
- Designate a sober driver before the party begins; plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
- If you are impaired, call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or call your local free ride program.
Airmen Against Drunk Driving was formed to eliminate the number of DUIs/DWIs on Air Force bases and in surrounding communities. The goal of AADD is to safely return all military members and DOD civilians to a residence if they are unable to drive themselves. Individuals that choose to drink should plan ahead for a designated driver or a ride home. But if the plan fails, call AADD at (661) 277-AADD (2233).
For more information on how to stay safe and drive sober during the holidays, visit www.AFMCwellness.com or contact†the Edwards Civilian Health Promotion Services team at (661) 277-3667.