Drive Sober and Have a Safe Holiday

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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
The Consequences Aren’t Worth the Risk

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,885 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010. Thirty-one percent (10,228) of those fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

Data also shows that 70 percent of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities occurred when the driver’s blood alcohol concentration was .15 grams per deciliter or higher.

The holiday season is particularly dangerous. That’s why Tom Wilson Counseling Center is joining highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations across the nation to remind people during December and throughout the year that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and that drinking and driving don’t mix.

On average, 25 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes per day during December 2010. Tom Wilson Counseling Center wants to remind people that drinking and driving can quickly turn a holiday celebration into a tragedy.

When you drink and drive, you are putting your life and the lives of others at risk. Be responsible, and don’t let your holiday celebrations end in tragedy.

Getting caught for impaired driving can also result in arrest, loss of driving privileges, higher insurance rates, lost time at work, court costs, fines, and attorney’s fees, and many other unwanted consequences.

You Can Prevent a Tragedy

  • Plan ahead; be sure to designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle. Remember that, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
  • If you are impaired, find another way home.  Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or have a designated driver who is not drinking with you.
  • Be responsible.  If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 

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