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.


 
 

 
Mike Williams

Flooding still underway this year — avoid water runoff problems

Mike Williams Runoff crosses the road during a monsoon storm. Remember to stay safe, and if you see even a small amount of water crossing the roadway, remember to ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown!’ While rain in a desert climate...
 
 

Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

WASHINGTON — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said Tuesday, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than Civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and morbidity,...
 
 

Military, Sierra Vista police share back-to-school driving cautions

Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista schools are back in session, and Fort Huachuca Police and Sierra Vista Police Department personnel remind motorists about traffic laws to help keep youth safe in school zones and around school buses. Heed yellow signs near crosswalks in schools zones during school hours. Vehicles must stop for pedestrians in the...
 

 

RWBAHC changes EFMP appointment times

Exceptional Family Member Program, EFMP, personnel at Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center now set patient appointments every weekday morning from 7:30 – 11 a.m. These appointments are for EFMP enrollments, updates, disenrollments and overseas screening. The Soldier, spouse or legal guardian can contact Family Care Clinic B to begin the assessment process for enrollment,...
 
 
Karen Horak, NSRDEC Collective Protection Systems Team

Natick takes shelter ballistic protection to the ‘X’ level

Karen Horak, NSRDEC Collective Protection Systems Team Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, with help from the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, hav...
 
 
fire-pic

Arrival of monsoon signals easing of fire restrictions in Southeast Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Effective July 11, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua...
 




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