Health & Safety

December 13, 2013

Join fight against drunk, drugged driving

Rosa Peralta-Imamura
ASAP Prevention Coordinator

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving, or 3D, Prevention Month. Fort Huachuca’s Army Substance Abuse Program, or ASAP, staff is implementing the 3D campaign on post to make personnel aware of the consequences and costs of “Drunk and Drugged Driving” and to keep our community safe.

During fiscal year 2013, 57 cases of “driving under the influence,” or DUI, were reported on Fort Huachuca. ASAP personnel need everyone’s help to eliminate this threat — please join us in the fight against drunk and drugged driving.

Fort Huachuca ASAP is holding several activities and events right now to highlight 3D Prevention Month. These include holiday briefings for all Soldiers and civilians, information tables, and posters, banners and billboards located for viewing throughout the garrison, and graphic displays of vehicles involved in DUI accidents which are visible to both inbound and outbound traffic.

Nationwide, the holiday season is usually a particularly deadly time of year due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads. Drugs and alcohol use impair judgment, delay reaction times and can result in deadly consequences when driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 10,322 people were killed and approximately 345,000 were injured because of drunk and drugged driving. Approximately 2.26 persons were killed each day in Arizona. Be aware, starting today through Jan. 1, state and local law enforcement will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers.

Even one drink can impair a person’s judgment and increase the possibility of their getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving. Prevention is important.

Familiarize yourself with the definition of a standard drink of each of the various alcoholic beverages, as well as the numbers of standard drinks or cocktails per drink container, understand how alcohol changes the brain and the effects of heavy social drinking. Whether a person is a social drinker or simply enjoys a glass of eggnog over the holidays, know the risks.

Since alcohol is served at many holiday events, use can easily become abuse. If the goal is to reduce your alcohol intake during the holidays, Kevin Mills, ASAP manager, offers several recommendations: Set an alcohol limit in advance before any event. Eat a full, healthy meal before drinking. Plan to leave the party by using a designated driver or call Transportation Express, 459.7778, and ask for the Safe Ride Program. Don’t let alcohol abuse become the Grinch that steals your holiday season.
During Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, recommit yourself to preventing the loss of life by reminding others to be sober and drug free, and using safe driving practices on the road.
“Designate before you Celebrate.” Happy Holidays!

For more information, contact 538.1315 or Rosa.l.peralta.civ@mail.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
square

A local take on America’s PrepareAthon!

Over the month of April events have been taking place nationwide to help ensure America’s preparedness in the event of an emergency. America’s PrepareAthon is a grassroots movement that highlights the importance of prepared...
 
 
Stephanie Caffall

Second ‘Take Back Night’ hosted at Cochise College

Stephanie Caffall Rick Mueller, mayor, City of Sierra Vista, spoke at the Take Back the Night event and encouraged the community to put an end to sexual assault and harassment. Fort Huachuca and the Sierra Vista community joine...
 
 

BLUE BORDER MESSAGE / SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE COMPLETED

At a court martial on 25 March 2015, a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, was tried for committing sexual acts on multiple occasions by causing bodily harm. The 2LT pled not guilty, but was found guilty to the charge of sexual assault. On 27 March 2015, the 2LT was sentenced to a dismissal. The sexual assault...
 

 
Stephanie Caffall

Installation Retirement Ceremony honors retirees

Stephanie Caffall Fourteen Soldiers, one Department of Army Civilian and their guests await the formal recognition portion of the Installation Retirement Ceremony Friday on Brown Parade Field. Fort Huachuca honored 14 Soldiers ...
 
 
Natalie Lakosil

Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance reminds crowd of valuable lessons

Natalie Lakosil Lily Brull, Holocaust survivor, receives a poem, flowers and homemade Challah bread from Malachi, 4, and Kayalynn Fiddes, 8, after speaking about her experience as a Holocaust survivor. Lily Brull was only 10 ye...
 
 
U.S. Army photo

Military Intelligence – Moment in MI history

U.S., Britain agree to share communications intelligence U.S. Army photo Maj. Melvin C. Helfers evaluated ULTRA, or Special Intelligence, and presented it to Gen. George Patton. The BRUSA Agreement severely restricted access to...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin