Alcohol increases summer accidents

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Army Substance Abuse Program Prevention Team
Installation Management Command Headquarters 

June is National Safety Month

WASHINGTON — The Army’s 101 Critical Days of Summer, which runs Memorial Day through Labor Day, is a safety campaign intended as a reminder to stay focused on safety while either on- or off-duty.

Prolonged hours of daylight encourage action-packed days, and more activities mean more potential for accidents.

Summer time is one of the most dangerous and deadliest times of the year for Soldiers, families and civilians with family barbecues, swimming, fishing, softball, hiking, boating, skiing and camping.

Time off and sunny skies, when coupled with increased alcohol use, makes the summer season a very grim time for local law enforcement, emergency medical staff, highway safety officials and the friends and families of those who are involved in alcohol-related incidents.

America is at a crucial point; communities and individuals must do more to see a significant decline in the number of alcohol- and drug-related incidents.

The importance of avoiding alcohol while driving cannot be over emphasized. Impaired driving is one of the commonly committed crimes. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, approximately three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.

Drinking and driving does not mix; drinking and boating does not mix.

Use common sense, be decisive and don’t let friends drink and drive. If you have been drinking, use a designated driver or call a taxi. If you have a get-together, ensure there is plenty of water available for your guests.

When you have water outings, ensure everyone wears a life jacket. Alcohol was involved in 32 percent of all boating accidents, according to a U.S. Coast Guard report.

It is up to each and every one of us to plan ahead and be prepared. Remember, accidents do not take a summer holiday or time off.

 

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