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.




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