December is annually designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, often referred to as 3D Month. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
The holiday season is a time for family and friends to get together, celebrate and be thankful for everything they have. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year that many people make the irresponsible decision to drive after celebrating with alcohol or other substances. To help counteract this problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sponsored 3D Month every December since 1981.
The White Sands Missile Range Garrison and the Army Substance Abuse Program are joining with NHTSA along with state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.
Additional information on National 3D Month can be found at www.nhtsa.gov and the ACSAP portal offers several free products on impaired driving, including posters, brochures, PowerPoint presentations and Lesson Plans.