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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month -- December 1995

Persons who drive while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are a public health hazard to themselves and to others. Although the injuries, disabilities, and deaths associated with impaired driving are preventable, in 1994, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes resulted in 16,600 deaths in the United States; approximately one third occurred among persons aged less than or equal to 25 years. Such crashes remain a leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults.

December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Coalition, a nationwide public- and private-sector coalition for the prevention of crashes related to impaired driving. The theme of the 1995 campaign is "Take a Stand Against Impaired Driving." On December 15, "Lights on for Life," a 1-day nationwide observance, will be held; the coalition requests that drivers drive with their headlights on even during daylight hours in remembrance of persons killed and injured in alcohol-related crashes and as a reminder not to drink and drive. In addition, during the holiday season, law-enforcement activities nationwide will especially target drivers impaired by alcohol and other drugs. Additional information about National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month is available from the Office of Alcohol and State Programs (NTS-22), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590, telephone (202) 366-2728.

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