December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month – Celebrate safely

December 2, 2016

During the holiday season, and year round, it is important to celebrate safely by not driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Alcohol and drugs, even those drugs prescribed by a physician, can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory.

New and young drivers are the most at-risk for crashes on the roads and are at risk for the most harmful effects of drug use. As teens take to the roads, parents can take action by talking about the dangers of drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. It’s important that our youngest drivers learn how to drive safely and make healthy choices.

Drunk and drugged driving related accidents are totally preventable. Renew your commitment to drive safely and act responsibly.

Tip: Most importantly, plan ahead: designate a safe driver, arrange for an alternate route home (taxi), or choose not to use. Store cab-company numbers in your phone just in case.

Tip: Talk with your children, grandchildren, or young adults in your live. At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.

Tip: As a host, remember to offer non-alcoholic beverages to your guests. We know that this helps keep our streets safer through the Holidays.

Community Recovery Resources is the Nevada County’s only provider for DUI (driving under the influence) classes. As appropriate, the program is also designed to assist individuals in recognizing their alcohol and/or drug dependencies and to support people toward recovery. “Sometimes a DUI incident can be a catalyst for people to make the change they need in their lives. Ideally, folks will seek support before a DUI or other consequence, and CoRR is here to help”, says Warren Daniels, CoRR’s CEO.

Local Progress and Facts about Teen and adult Impaired Driving **************************************************************************

  • Good news! Fewer teens (15% of teens in grade 9 & 11) reported last year that they had driven after drinking, or rode with someone who had. Down from last year when more than 35% of teens in same grades reported in they had driven after drinking or rode with someone who had. (California Healthy Kids Survey)
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths.
  • Still, alcohol-impaired driving crashes, account for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States (2010).
  • Motor vehicle crashes are leading cause of death for 15 – 19 year-olds.
  • Did you know that 1 in 3 drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2009 who were tested, tested positive for drugs?

Tip: CoRR will once again be sponsoring Safe Taxi on New Year’s Eve! CoRR granted vouchers to Gold Country Cab & Courier (Nevada County) and Donald’s Taxi Service (Placer County) to provide rides to residents to reduce amount of impaired drivers on the roads. If you find yourself in need a safe ride home call, Call (530) 274-TAXI or (530) 274-8294 Gold Country Cab & Courier if you live in Nevada County or (916) 588-7758 Donald’s Taxi Service in Placer County. Community Recovery Resources is teaming up with the owners of Gold Country Cab & Courier for the fifth year for Safe Taxi and Donald’s Taxi for the third year on New Year’s Eve sober cab rides. Looking back at the last four years, more than 150 local residents received rides home to ensure a safe transport from their New Year’s celebrations. This year, we hope to see even more community members celebrating responsibly and not drinking and driving.

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