Thursday, December 31, 2009
I was watching TV last night, and I saw two commercials regarding Buzzed driving or drinking and driving. One was for the Ad Council and said exactly "Buzzed driving is drunk driving", and the other was a Maryland Public Service Announcement that informed viewers how law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk drivers.
There's also a sign I drive by pretty regularly, near our local Maryland State Police Barracks, that contains the statistics of people killed in car accidents in my county. It also contains how many were alcohol related. This year was the highest I've seen it in a while. There were 16 deaths at that time (about 3 weeks ago) with 10 being alcohol-related. What a shame! All ten of those people were somebody's mother, father, brother, sister, child, aunt, uncle - all important to someone else! And now they are gone and can't be brought back.
Tonight may very well be THE biggest party night of the year: New Year's Eve. Everyone will be partying in some means - some at home with their families - some out and about watching the fireworks.
Please remember that Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving!
Here's the information that I received from Global Influence to share with you about this campaign:
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 alcohol-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.
Please listen to Emily's story about how Buzzed Driving changed her 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. Help spread this message during the holiday season by posting about the dangers of buzzed driving, sharing a story or experience you might have had with buzzed driving and encouraging readers to follow Buzzed Driving on Twitter (@buzzeddriving) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/buzzeddrivingisdrunkdriving) to get the latest updates and news. You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website where you 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 New Year, and remember that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.