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 2013 Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment, four percent of Navy and Marine Corps respondents indicated they had driven after having too much to drink, while 21 percent of active duty Navy respondents and 29 percent of active duty Marine Corps respondents said they engaged in heavy drinking.[2] While four 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.

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[1] Injury Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety. The Centers for Disease Control. Updated 7 October 2014. Accessed November 2014
[2] Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. EpiData Center Department. Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment Annual Report, 2013.
Prepared 2014. Accessed November 2014.