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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month -- December 1993

Persons who drive while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are a public health hazard to themselves and to others. Each year, alcohol-related crashes result in approximately 17,700 deaths in the United States. In addition, impaired driving is a leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults: more than one third of such fatalities occur among persons aged less than 25 years.

The injuries, disabilities, and deaths associated with impaired driving are preventable. Accordingly, December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Coalition, a nationwide public/private sector coalition devoted to preventing crashes related to impaired driving. The theme of this year's campaign is "Let's Take a Stand! Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk." Additional information about National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month is available from Tarry Hess, Office of Alcohol and State Programs (NTS-22), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-6976 or from Carrie Hartshorne, Office of the Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Atlanta, GA 30341; telephone (404) 488-4690.

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