Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving St. Patrick’s Day

The campaign Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving is important but even more so on St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you are going to your friends’ house for corned beef and cabbage dinner, driving to choir practice, or a school event, you’ll be sharing the road with drivers who were partying this Wednesday, March 17th. They may have started drinking early in the day or after work.  They may have the mind set that buzzed driving is OK.

Bars do a lot of business on St. Patrick’s Day. There’s lots of parties that include drinking that day too. Be safe and plan ahead. The Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign continues and wants to spread the word for St. Patrick’s Day. Global Influence is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council.

I’ve been part of the Buzzed Driving campaign previously on my blog. This topic is vital to our safety. Here are some facts that we can change:

  • 1,179 people in other vehicles were killed in 2008 in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.
  • In 2008, the states with the highest number of alcohol-impaired female drivers involved in fatal crashes were Texas, California, Florida and Georgia.
  • Number of alcohol-impaired male drivers in fatal crashes in Kansas went up 26% from 2007 to 2008, most of any state.
  • In 2008, approximately 32 people per day were killed inalcohol-impaired driving crashes
  • Of the 11,773 people killed in 2008 in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, 8,027 (68%) were the driver.

If you are going to drink, plan ahead. Get a designated driver, keep the number of a taxi company with you, learn about public transportation and don’t drive buzzed!

For more information, follow @BuzzedDriving and fan Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving on Facebook.

This post was written with information provided by Global Influence.

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  1. Such a great message to share with everyone! hanks!!
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