Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Have Fun on New Year’s Eve … but Be Safe, Too

I never go out for New Year’s Eve because I’m always nervous about being involved in an accident. I’ve quoted these statistics before, but they’re worth repeating: In 2008, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. And the numbers are particularly high around Christmas and New Year’s.

Women are just as likely to drive drunk as men are. In 2007, 162,493 women were arrested for a DUI, an increase of almost 29% since 1998. Please watch the following video of Emily’s story. She’s just a regular mom, like you and me, who got arrested for drunk driving.

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If you’re going to be out and about this New Year’s, please pick a driver who isn’t going to be drinking. And be extra careful on the roads because many people won’t heed this advice. And if you think that “just a little alcohol won’t impair me,” think again. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Ad Council want you to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. It only takes a little bit to impair your judgment and get you a DUI.

I encourage you to follow Buzzed Driving on Twitter (@buzzeddriving) and Facebook ( to get the latest updates and news. You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website ( to sign a pledge to not drive buzzed, play an interactive game that demonstrates the difference between buzzed and drunk, and hear personal stories from people who have driven buzzed. What a great example this would set for your kids! And if you have teen drivers, please get them to visit this site and/or watch the video above.

At holiday events, it’s easy to lose track of a drink here or there, but this can be fatal. This holiday season, keep you and your family safe by spreading this message: Buzzed driving is drunk driving.


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