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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month -- December 1994

Persons who drive while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are a public health hazard to themselves and to others. Each year, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes result in approximately 17,500 deaths in the United States. In addition, impaired driving is a leading cause of death 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 for the prevention of crashes related to impaired driving. The theme of the campaign is "Take a Stand! Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk." On December 16, "Lights on for Life," a 1-day nationwide observance, will be held. On that day, drivers will be asked to drive with their headlights on even in daylight hours in remembrance of persons killed and injured in alcohol-related crashes and to remind persons not to drink and drive. In addition, during the holiday season, law-enforcement activities nationwide will especially target impaired drivers. These activities are integral to the objective of the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Safe & Sober" campaign to decrease alcohol-related fatalities to 43% of total fatalities and increase safety-belt use to 75% by 1996.

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.

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