ASAP – Prevention Education
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Forest Glen Annex
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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
As we celebrate the season, the Army Substance Abuse Program Drug and Alcohol Prevention section would like to ensure that we increase your awareness of the dangers associated with this joyous time of year. Throughout the month of December, ASAP will host the National Drunk, Drugged and Driving (often referred to as 3D Month) Prevention Campaign. During the month, the ASAP program will work diligently to spread the word about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving by hosting events, offering training opportunities and working collaboratively with other installation programs to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving. 3D Month reminds us to "designate before we celebrate". Throughout the month of December, prevention tips will be sent out to raise the awareness of the dangers of impaired driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each day approximately 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Nearly half of the drivers that are killed in alcohol related crashes, also tested positive for illicit drugs. In 2012, 10,322 people died as a result of drunk driving related crashes...1 every 51 minutes. Every 90 seconds, an individual is injured in a car accident related to drug or alcohol impairment.
Prevention tip #1: On average, one in three individuals will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime**
Prevention tip #2: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2011, 226 children were killed in drug driving crashes; of those 226, 122 were a passenger in the car of an impaired driver
Prevention tip #3: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), each day in the United States, there are approximately 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving
Prevention tip #4: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunk driving costs each adult in our Country approximately $500 per year.
Prevention tip #5: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, every 2-hours, three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes.
Tip #6: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2010 over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, which totals about one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
Tip #7: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 4 out of 5 people who consume alcohol and drive are men (15.1% men compared to 7.9% women)
Tip #8: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of one drink per hour. A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits- each of which contain the same amount of alcohol. Impairment is not determined by the type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol that has been consumed over time.
Tip #9: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Administration, in 2010 (as reported in April 2012), alcohol was involved in 2,020 pedestrian fatalities, 11,087 of vehicle occupant fatalities, and 209 pedal cyclist fatalities.
Tip #10: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each day almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion per year.
Tip #11: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2010 1 out of 3 drivers with a BAC level of .08% or higher, who were involved in fatal crashes, were between the ages of 21-24 years of age.
Tip #12: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2011 there were 32,367 fatal car accidents. Of these accidents, 11,510 were alcohol related fatalities.
Tip #13: According to the Drinkinganddriving.org, 90% of all impaired driving happens after drinking with family, friends, and co-workers.
Tip #14: According to Life tips, every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related car crash.
Tip #15: According to Life tips, drugs other than alcohol are involved in approximately 19% of all motor vehicle deaths.
Tip #16: According to the Century Council, 70% of all alcohol-impaired driving fatalities involve a driver with a BAC of .15 or greater.
Tip #17: According to the Century Council, 4 out of 10 parents talk with their teen regularly about the dangers of alcohol.
Tip #18: According to the Century Council, approximately 3 people under the age of 21 die each day as a result of an alcohol-impaired crash.
Tip #19: According to the Century Council, approximately 31% of total traffic fatalities involve alcohol-impaired drivers.
Tip #20: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.
** Tip #21: **A human body processes one standard drink per hour- a standard drink is defined as 1- 12 ounce beer, 4-5 ounces of wine, and 1-1.5 ounces of liquor. Please pay attention to the ingredients of the drink you are consuming, not the number of drinks being consumed** Did you know that 1 long island iced tea mixed drink is equivalent to approximately 4-5 standard drinks??
THERE ARE OPTIONS FOR YOU, PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE!!
- Choose a designated driver
- Use the buddy system
- Know your limits
- Take along a friend who knows his or her own limits or that does not consume alcohol
- Stay hydrated
- Buy a drink with ingredients that you are familiar with
- Remember what you are drinking
- Know your location
- Drink slowly
- Don't drink alcohol on an empty stomach
- Stop drinking if you begin to feel drunk or intoxicated
- Have a place to hang-out (take a break from drinking)
** Tip #22: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2012, 10,322 people were killed and approximately 345,000 were injured. Each crash, each death, each injury impacts not only the person in the crash, but family, friends, classmates, coworkers and more. Even those who have not been directly touched help pay the $132 billion yearly price tag of drunk driving.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2012 in the state of Maryland, there were 160 drunk driving fatalities, which represents 32% of all total traffic deaths. There were 978 alcohol related crash injuries, 2474 alcohol related crashes, and 23,499 DUI arrests.
Please remember to DESIGNATE BEFORE YOU CELEBRATE!
Links for sober rides by State: http://www.drinkinganddriving.org