Air Force Materiel Command Health & Wellness Team
12/4/2015 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The
holiday season is a time of year when people gather with friends,
colleagues and family to enjoy time together and celebrate. Often these
social events include alcohol. A driver's license mixed with a few
alcoholic beverages can be dangerous. No one intends for
alcohol-impaired driving accidents to happen, but they do.
"Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally
preventable by not driving under the influence," states Steve Callon,
AFMC Drug Demand Reduction Manager. "Plan ahead to have a designated
sober driver that will drive everyone in your group home safely at the
end of the night."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more
than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in
2013. An average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every
52 minutes during 2013.
The NHTSA offers the following tips to stay safe and drive sober:
· Designate a sober driver before the party begins; plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
· Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
· If you see someone driving impaired, contact law enforcement with a
vehicle descripition when it is safe to do so. It is your
business. Getting drunk drivers off the road saves lives.
· Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
· If you have been drinking, there is always another way to get home
safely. You can call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or
call your local free ride program.
Did you know? The worst days of the year for drunk driving are:
· New Year's Eve/New Year's Day
· The Fourth of July
· St. Patrick's Day
· Thanksgiving Eve/Thanksgiving Day
Airmen Against Drunk Driving was formed to eliminate DUIs/DWIs on Air
Force bases and in surrounding communities. The goal of AADD is to
safely return all military members and Department of Defense civilians
to a residence if they are unable to drive themselves. Individuals that
choose to drink should plan ahead for a designated sober driver or ride
home. But if the plan fails, call AADD. Bases vary on program hours of
operation and service area. For Air Force Materiel Command AADD contact
information, visit AFMCwellness.com. For quick reference, add your
installation's AADD number to your list of cell phone contacts.