Thinking Ahead Helps Avoid Tragedy
Published by Contra Costa Times
Posted on Sun, Dec. 26, 2004
By Haven Fearn
THERE ARE MORE DRUNKEN drivers out on the streets during the holidays than at any other time of the year. Their numbers are usually thinned by law enforcement and, more tragically, by car crashes, but the best way to get drunken drivers off the street is by never letting them get behind the wheel in the first place.
This is why the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D Month) is scheduled around the holidays, to highlight the problem and to get the whole community working together to reduce the number of drunken drivers on our streets. Here are some ways you can help get this done.
If you're hosting a party:
If you're going out to drink:
One creative holiday gift-giving idea is for family members to give each other "Guaranteed Ride Home Vouchers," where rides to or from gatherings where alcohol is going to be consumed are guaranteed to the recipient, no questions asked. This way, families don't have to worry about their loved ones getting home safely from an evening of alcoholic consumption.
Despite our best efforts to prevent drinking and driving, however, there will continue to be drunken drivers on the road, especially past 10 p.m., when up to one in four drivers would have had something to drink, according to some law enforcement estimates.
If you are out on the road late at night:
The holidays are a festive time that do not need to be spoiled by injury, death or traffic violation caused by drunken driving. With this in mind, let's all have safe and happy holidays.
Haven Fearn is Director of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Division of Contra Costa Health Services. For more information about 3D Month, go online to www.ncadd.com. Healthy Outlook is written by the professional staff of Contra Costa Health Services, the county health department. Send questions to series coordinator Dr. David Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more health information, go to www.cchealth.org.