MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- December has been designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, announced Dorice Favorite, director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office.
"The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation's roadways, and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes," said Favorite. "According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 25 people die each day in drunk driving crashes during December." That means approximately 775 people aren't making it home for the December holidays.
"Impaired driving crashes are one hundred percent preventable," continued Favorite. "Everyone can practice responsible drinking and Keep What They've Earned." It's within everyone's ability to make and keep to a plan, whether at a party, at the bar, or anywhere that will require you to travel home.
If you decide to drink this holiday season, designate a driver that will not drink any alcohol that night. A designated driver will help you get home safely.
Have a plan. Make the decision on who will be the designated driver before going out, and stick to the plan. Know how much you are going to drink in advance and stop when you reach your pre-planned limit.
Be a good shipmate. "If you notice someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver's keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely," concluded Favorite. "Simple planning in advance can bring everyone through December safely."
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