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December - Impaired driving prevention 

In the United States, approximately 30 people die per day in crashes that involve alcohol-impaired drivers.1 Even at levels below the legal limit, alcohol can seriously impair judgment and coordination as well as slow reaction time. Drugged driving is also becoming a serious issue because drugs, even when prescribed by a medical provider, can have similar negative effects to alcohol such as impaired judgment, perception, and motor skills. In the 2014 Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment (FMCHRA), three percent of respondents (including active duty and reserve Sailors and Marines) indicated they had driven after having too much to drink, while 18 percent said they engaged in heavy drinking.2 While three percent may not seem like a high number, no one should be driving when they've had too much to drink given the risks of accident, injury, and death. December brings with it many opportunities for Sailors and Marines to engage in alcohol use. It only takes one bad decision, impaired driving, to hurt yourself, your family and friends, and your career.

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Key Resources

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injury Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety. Updated 13 January 2015. Accessed September 2015.
[2] Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center EpiData Center Department. Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment 2014. Published 2015. Accessed September 2015.