As many of you know (or might not know) I don’t drink, at all. No one in my family growing up ever did either, so as a newly wed I was absolutely shocked that whenever we went out with military friends a huge percentage of them didn’t have a designated driver. I ended up driving many of them home because I was appalled at the fact they thought they were “fine” to drive after I’d seen them down a couple beers and a shot. Sure they weren’t drunk, but they were definitely buzzed and with the horrors of drunk drivers killing people, not to mention the huge penalties the military gives anyone who gets a DUI, you’d think they would have realized it just wasn’t worth the risk!
So many responsible people just aren’t responsible when it comes to this, so that’s why I’m joining this campaign. Here’s the information from campaign:
It’s holiday party season – time to celebrate all of the exciting winter holidays with our friends and loved ones. Our mailboxes are flooded with invitations to parties and dinners and other holiday get-togethers. With these parties come food, fellowship, gifts, and in many cases, festive alcoholic drinks.
In 2008, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – and during the periods around Christmas and New Year’s, this number was particularly high, with 316 people killed in alchol-impaired driving crashes. In 2007, 162,493 women were arrested for a DUI, an increase of almost 29% since 1998. You can’t help but wonder if lives could have been saved if people thought twice before getting behind the wheel. With the holidays approaching, it’s important that drivers be reminded about the dangers of buzzed driving. Who knows…it could save a life.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Ad Council are asking everyone to drive smart this holiday season and to pledge not to drive buzzed. You can follow Buzzed Driving on Twitter (@buzzeddriving) and Facebook to get the latest updates and news. You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website where readers can sign a pledge to not drive buzzed, play an interactive game which demonstrates the difference between buzzed and drunk, and hear personal stories from people who have driven buzzed.
While at holiday events, it’s easy to lose track of a drink here or there – but this can be fatal. This holiday season, keep you and your family safe by spreading this message.
Have a safe and happy holiday and remember that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.