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Notice to Readers: National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month --- December 2001

December has been designated by Presidential proclamation as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D Month). 3D Month is supported by many public and private sector organizations devoted to preventing impaired driving crashes. During 2000, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes resulted in 16,653 deaths in the United States (1). On the basis of data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (1) and the U.S. Bureau of the Census (2), the rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2000 was 5.9 per 100,000 persons. One of the national health objectives for 2010 is a target for alcohol-related traffic fatalities of no more than 4.0 per 100,000 persons (objective 26-1A) (3). To meet this objective, the annual rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities must decline by 32%.

CDC recently concluded a systematic review of the effectiveness of five community-based interventions to reduce alcohol-impaired driving: sobriety checkpoints; 0.08% blood alcohol concentration laws; minimum legal drinking age laws; "zero tolerance" laws for young or inexperienced drivers; and server intervention training programs*. All five interventions showed evidence of effectiveness (4) and each was recommended for implementation by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (5,6), an independent, nonfederal panel of community-health consultants. Broader use of such strategies will be necessary to achieve the 2010 objective of reducing alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

The theme for this year's 3D Month is "This holiday season…the greatest gift you can give may be a ride home." The 3D Month program planner, which contains sample public service announcements, media tool kits, and program guidance for conducting 3D Month activities, is available from NHTSA at <http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov> or on CD-ROM, by faxing a request to 301-386-2194.

References

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts 2000: alcohol. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2001; publication no. DOT-HS-809-323.
  2. US Census Bureau, US Department of Commerce. Available at <http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet>. Accessed October 2001.
  3. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy people 2010 (conference ed., 2 vols). Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000.
  4. Shults RA, Elder RW, Sleet DA, et al. Reviews of evidence regarding interventions to reduce alcohol-impaired driving. Am J Prev Med 2001;21(4S):66--88.
  5. CDC. Motor vehicle occupant injury: interventions for increasing use of child safety seats, increasing use of safety belts, and reducing alcohol-impaired driving: a report on recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. MMWR 2001;50(no. RR-7):1--13.
  6. Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Recommendations to reduce injuries to motor vehicle occupants: increasing child safety seat use, increasing safety belt use, and reducing alcohol-impaired driving. Am J Prev Med 2001;21(4S):16--22.

* Available at <http://www.thecommunityguide.org>.

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