Last week Attorney General Pam Bondi sponsored a resolution that recognizes December as Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, to promote safe driving. Governor Rick Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, joined Attorney General Bondi in signing the resolution.
“Every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime. One of the most dangerous times of the year on our nation’s roadways is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. MADD asks drivers to drive safe, sober and buckled up, not only during the holidays but every day of the year,” says Amber Saltzman, State Development Officer, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida.
The holidays are a busy time on the highways, with drivers traveling to multiple parties and across long distances to visit family and friends. During this time of the year, drug and alcohol prevention groups and community coalitions come together to remind drivers to stay sober behind the wheel.
“We know that through prevention and education we can save lives,” said Jackie Griffin,
Executive Director of LiveFree! “Offering non-alcoholic drink recipes or reminding those who choose to drink to designate a sober driver are simple ways we can make our roads a safer place not only during the holidays but every day.”
Drunk and Drugged Driving prevention
The following tips, offered by the Florida Highway Patrol, will help safeguard the roads:
- Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one drink increases the risk of a crash.
- If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them 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.
The LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition consists of members of the community coming together to address alcohol, prescription drug use, marijuana, tobacco and other illicit drug use in Pinellas County among young adults and middle and high school students by creating more systematic, environmental strategies and promoting the use of evidence-based prevention programs. LiveFree! encourages community advocacy, involving youth, law enforcement, parents and businesses in coalition activities, and promoting public awareness of substance abuse in Pinellas County. For more information on LiveFree! please visit http://www.pinellascoalition.